When it comes to getting fit, most people think that the hardest part is sticking to a routine, eating healthy, and lifting heavy weights.
Sure, those are hard.
BUT the hardest thing we encounter when it comes to getting fit is battling our own minds.
When I worked as a personal trainer, 99% of the failures happened because they mentally got in their own way.
Besides all of our own internal issues with self-worth, the most common way we sabotage ourselves is not personally identifying with the new person we are trying to create.
They don’t see themselves as an athlete, a fit person, a warrior.
These barriers are put in place by our own minds and by the people around us.
If you have always been the nerd, everyone around you wants to keep you in that box, including yourself.
If you saw yourself as an athlete/warrior, how would you change your daily routine? If you personally identified with those archetypes, what would you change?
Every time I found myself in a completely new environment surrounded by all new people, I saw the potential to create a new identity. New people have no idea who you are. You could be anyone you want to be.
This is why it is so important to not only find new friends, but to hang around them and see the choices they make. To bring these new characteristics into your own personality.
When I first started lifting heavy, I thought protein shakes were absolutely ridiculous. I thought they were really “bro” and obnoxious. I was an athlete in high school, but I had never gotten fully into weight lifting.
Then when I started to seriously weight train in college, it didn’t go so well. I knew how to be fast, but I didn’t know how to be strong. It wasn’t until I started working at a gym, surrounded by other trainers and weight lifters, that I learned how to bring this new identity into my personality. I saw the choices they made and I understood why they were important.
As I would spend more time with them, they started to see me as a weight lifter. We would lift together, we would eat our chicken and broccoli together, we would all foam roll between work shifts.
Look at your own life.
Are you trying to lose weight? Do you identify as a fit person? What mental barriers do you have about your life?
When you identify with the traits of the life you are trying to build, you will see different choices. Instead of fueling your body with fast food, you will know that your inner athlete needs real foods.
You can create a new life at any given moment.
You do not have to stay in the box you have created.