Your Inner Athlete cares most about who you’re becoming. Not who you were 5-years ago when you were a collegiate swimmer or volleyball player, a super freak fitness maven or a couch sitting pot head obsessed with Doritos. You’re priorities have changed so why keep punishing yourself for who you used to be?
Many times when we identify so strongly with an old way of being we miss out on today. On who we’re becoming at this moment. We’re too busy looking in the rear view mirror of life comparing ourselves to who we were at a different life stage. It sounds funny, but it’s similar to an adolescent comparing themselves to the child they once were. This doesn’t happen! Somewhere along the way your mind became flooded with thoughts about why you can’t have what you want. Thoughts can range from: “I’m a pothead who loves Doritos, how can I ever be healthy?” to “I don’t have time to train how I used to!” to “I have a wife, two kids, a business, and a knee injury, I can live with this pain and discomfort.”
Yes, I’m being a bit dramatic to get my point across, yet I hear comments similar to these all the time. These thoughts are extreme and don’t take into account who you’re becoming! Where’s the balance and flexibility within the collegiate athlete and mother she is today or the pot head and the Fortune 500 business owner he is today?
The thing is, and it may be a tough pill to swallow, but you need to take responsibility for who you’re becoming, and Your Inner Athlete knows this!
“The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.” – Seth Godin
How you spend your time is huge, it’s where repetition occurs and your habits develop. Do you spend it complaining, feeling ashamed or making excuses? Or do you spend it taking tiny steps toward your desired outcome? Practiced day in and day out our excuses, and our baby steps away from them aren’t so small. These are our gains! And for me these gains begin and end with Your Inner Athlete!
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