Get in the ZONEon March 27th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
by Garrett J. Braunreiter, CSCS, The Energy Coach
Most of us, at some time or another, have been successful in living a healthy lifestyle, feeding our bodies well, exercising regularly and vigorously, having plenty of energy, losing weight and keeping it off. We felt better than ever, looked better than ever, and our actions showed it.
What the winners in life perfect is a relaxed focus. This doesn’t mean a lack of intensity; it means that the mind is cleared of distractions and the attention is focused like a laser on what is important to making the goal happen.
1. Anxiousness to do the right thing. It’s like a knee-jerk reaction to solving a problem: you’re out of shape, have no energy, and you feel terrible. So immediately your reaction is, “I have to diet and exercise.” You WANT to do the right thing, you KNOW this is the right thing.
You get all keyed up to start your new program. You get to the gym/in your basement, ready, ready, ready. Preparing meals, eating frequently, the whole ball of wax. The progress halts (temporarily, but you don’t see it because you’re so psyched up), and you start questioning EVERYTHING. Am I exercising right? How much aerobics? How often do I strength train? Do I try the Atkins, or Marilu Henner’s diet? Everything is analyzed.
Then the over-reaction of “Forget it! What’s the use?” ensues. And you stop.
“Oh, I’m going to lose weight and get in shape.” Right. So is everyone else. Everybody means something different when they say this. What do YOU mean when you say this?
When you put meaning behind getting leaner and energized, now you’re getting focused. If you’re just going through the motions every day of eating and exercising, something will always come up to give you an excuse not to take care of yourself.
What do you really want?
5. Means to an end. This person thinks, “I HAVE to lose 30 pounds in 90 days, or else I’ll be miserable, life will suck, and I’ll have no reason to be lean and fit.”
(That darn number. Amazing how many people LET it be so powerful , how it controls some people’s LIVES.)
Performance is rushed, forced. The result is failure.
Taking care of yourself, making money, having a balanced life, or whatever, is a process, a journey. A journey to ENJOY.
When you take care of yourself every day, YOU ARE BENEFITING EVERY DAY. Less stress, more energy, increased self-confidence, reduce risk of disease, yada, yada. You know what I’m talking about.
But too many people won’t consider that. They’re concerned about what’s on the surface.
So you didn’t lose a pound this month. There will be times like that. SO WHAT. How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? How’s your energy? THAT is what matters.
Review these mental blocks again. Be aware of them and take a self-awareness audit to see if they’re causing you to come up short of reaching your full potential.
When you’re in a zone, you feel:
1. Optimistic You feel good about yourself and what’s going on. You welcome challenge and are confident about the outcome.
2. Focused You’re totally involved with what you’re doing right now, mind and body. YOU ARE IN CONTROL.
3. Flow There’s an automatic, natural flow between mind and body. Success is not a struggle anymore – it’s expected and effortless.
4. Energized Like a second wind. You’re relaxed and mentally alert. You’re healthier, have high energy, and more ALIVE.
You already know the power of suggestion. We not only have the ability to replay past experiences as if they’re happening again, we also have the ability to create our own movies in our minds and pre-play the future.
So it all depends on the messages we give ourselves before, during, and after our daily activities. Champions perform in the zone because they are disciplined thinkers. They understand the relationship between how they think and how much pressure they put on themselves.
They know that the real pressure that people feel, is that pressure they place on themselves.