“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.”
~ Gautama Buddha
Have you ever caught yourself singing a song in your head and wondered, why am I singing this song? How long have I been singing it for? Why can’t I stop singing it? Sometimes it’s even a song you do not like. Well, this does not only happen with songs. Our subconscious records everything it hears including negative suggestions and often coverts them into auto-suggestions or negative self-talk. This is why we have to be mindful of the thought or belief programs that are running in our minds. If not, they can often become your worst enemy and the reason for your struggles and failures.
Using the V10 health principles, I have helped a lot of people reach their goals. Many of these goals were physique related but some were much more challenging. A 70-year-old gentleman had two knee replacements and we got him back skiing again after his doctor told him he wouldn’t be able to. A young teen-aged female, who had been in a severe car-accident (pronounced dead at the scene), not only recovered, but became a strong, fitness enthusiast. A wonderful mother of two and recent breast-cancer survivor, who came to me riddled with aches and pains now exercises daily and is in the best shape of her life. Why am I telling you this?
These people had every excuse to quit but they didn’t! I share these types of stories because they’re inspiring. They prove that even when the odds are against you and things are not going your way, you can still prosper and triumph. You are the main character in your story and it’s up to you whether this character ends up a quitter or a winner. No one else is going to make you lose at life and no else is going to make you win.
In one of the Spiderman series episodes, Peter Parker’s uncle says to him; “With great power comes great responsibility.” If you want to be the master of your own destiny, the hero of your story then you need to take on the responsibility. Self-responsibility means taking complete ownership for your thoughts, emotions, actions, habits, character traits and outcomes. This may sound like a big ask for some of you (because it is), but believe me, it’s for the best. Until you do this, you will have a ‘Victim Mindset’ and be your own worst enemy.
Your mindset determines whether or not you view and use obstacles and challenges as opportunities for growth or reasons to quit. You determine whether or not you are a success or a failure. You are either your ‘Your Number 1 Fan’ or your worst enemy. I am not going to sugar-coat the truth here as to do so would be a disservice to you. It takes a lot of work to stay mindful all day long of your thoughts, inner-dialogue, self-talk, intentions, beliefs, perspectives, paradigms, words, feelings, actions, habits and character traits, etc. Actually, there is no other work that is more difficult. But I promise you, it is worth the effort. This inner-work is where your heroism lies.
If in your heart/soul you want to become and do something extraordinary then you must align your mindset appropriately to make this a reality. Meditate and practice body, mind and spirit awareness. The next time you are alone and feel a negative emotion, ask yourself; what did I just think about? Chances are it was a negative string of thoughts. Focus in on those thoughts and shed your light on them. Guard yourself against these thoughts and don’t let them determine your story and your future. Replace these thoughts with supportive ones and if possible, take action and go out there and prove these thoughts wrong. I really believe each and everyone one of you is a powerful hero. Do you? Are you going to get out of your own way and be the hero you were born to be?
Your V10 Health Coach,
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