Realising our dreams and ambitions requires real motivation. What ever we want to achieve, motivation is essential otherwise we never turn our thoughts into anything tangible.
For many of us a heathy, fit, well toned body is something we would love. For some it is a reality and for others it constantly seems out of reach, so what’s the difference?
A real desire for something is a good start. Where there’s a will there’s a way. But more than this, we actually need to take positive steps to reach our goal. Lacing up our trainers and getting out in the fresh air is an amazing start to achieving fitness. We need to make sure that we enjoy what we do. This is the key to maintaining our efforts. If we enjoy the session we will want to do it again. If we push ourselves until we are dog tried then the thought of doing it again will really not seem attractive. So keep it short and make it fun.
Today I went running with my seven year old nephew, Ned. We had a great time. We went through the woods and onto the local cricket field. We raced each other for 10 minutes and then jogged home chatting all the way. We both loved it and can’t wait to go again. Take the seriousness out of it, do something you’ll love.
If running’s not for you then try something different. Cycling is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Feel the thrill as you power forward on the bike, getting to where you want to go. Rising to the challenge as you push up the hills, loving the thrill as you fly back down.
Do something that makes you feel like a child again, it will awaken a sense of fun in you that you might have forgotten is in there.
If loosing weight is part of the plan then don’t decide to start your diet tomorrow, or next week, just make the next thing that you eat healthier than the last thing you ate. Again, make sure it is something you will enjoy. Eating the sad looking, bruised banana, sitting in your neglected fruit bowl won’t fill you with inspiration to continue with good food choices. For me, eating a bowl of steamed prawns and bright green broccoli with a squeeze of lemon and some salt and pepper is the perfect snack. It gets me interested in my food, I am always searching out healthy ideas. Some combinations are just made for each other. Another great one is stewed apples and almond butter, amazing! Get experimental and you’ll find foods that hit the spot and don’t leave you with a feeling of guilt afterwards.
Formulating plans in our mind for too long can turn simple tasks into seemingly huge challenges. Taking small steps makes achieving our goals much easier and more enjoyable. Carry on with the small steps for a few days and you’ll begin to notice results. Then you will be committed.
Getting into meditation is no different. If you really want to be calmer, clear headed, less stressed, more creative, rested, and more focussed then make your move. Again, just get on and have a go. Five minutes is all you need to start with. You will enjoy the calm feeling of balance in your body and mind even after a short session. We often say we don’t have a moment to ourselves, well this is your chance to create one. The more often you fit in a session the more quickly you will start to see the benefits in the rest of your life. Once you start to see the benefits you will want to do more, learn more about it and to direct your sessions to the particular life changes you are seeking.
If you need help getting started then a revitalise day could be just the boost you need. Once you have learnt the basics of meditation you will find that the changes you experience help you in all areas of your life. Then you will be committed. You will sleep better, wake more focussed and achieve more every day. So don’t delay, just make your move, get started.