There Is More To Health Than Fitness
Posted on June 12th, 2017
[Creating Your Vision Part 2]
Fitness has become unhealthy and the very people who need motivation to exercise are completely turned off by the body beautiful health and fitness industry.
So what’s the answer?
Here’s how to get motivated, when motivation is at an all time low?
In the upcoming content, i’ll show you that there are many areas in your life that require regular attention to achieve true health and happiness.
If you missed any of the chapters, or would just like to jump ahead, you can do so using the three chapter links below.
- Why We Fail & What We Can Do About It?
- There’s More To Health Than Fitness
- Time To Get Clear On Your Vision
I call these balance areas.
And after working with a variety of people from CEO’s of some of the world’s largest companies, to actors and corporate professionals like yourselves, when health becomes an issue, it’s 99% due to lifestyle imbalance.
Or balance areas that have been neglected.
Over the coming session, I will reveal exactly what I mean and how it ties in with my vision of an ideal wellness program.
I envision a world where career and health are perfectly aligned and intrinsically linked. Where it’s normal to workout is an important part of your work day.
In fact, the two supplement each other.
A world where the time after work is used to develop and enhance the other important areas of your life like family, hobbies or your social relationships.
But my vision will reduce disease, improve energy, vitality and relationships, plus, make you much more effective in your career.
So long as we think exercising the mind and body is something we’ll do when we get time, we will continue to increase the suffering from physical and mental illness.
What Is A Vision?
On a very basic level, a vision is your compass or your north star.
In more detail, your vision is your purpose, goals and action plan merged together into a clear and concise statement.
Here’s the thing.
Life is extremely turbulent and shit often happens.
You’re almost certain to fall of the wagon, have bad days, and struggle from time-to-time.
When times get tough and you get knocked down, what counts is how quickly you can bounce back and regain motivation. A vision creates a level of defence from the shit that’s bound to get in your way.
It gives you something to hold on to and focus on when you lose momentum.
If you don’t have a vision, you have no protection!
Understanding Your Psychology
You may not be aware, but your brain processes billions of pieces of information every second. Without an automated filtration system we’d all suffer quite serious brain overload.
Therefore, to manage the constant bombardment of information, our brains have evolved to have two separating operating systems:
System one – otherwise known as our subconscious, or thinking mind. System one is our first line of defence. Helping filter incoming information with automated responses for anything that doesn’t require problem solving. System one is constantly being used throughout your day.
I’ll explain where these automated responses come from shortly …
System two – otherwise known as our conscious or observing mind, kicks in whenever an incoming message is too complex for system one to handle. In its most basic context, system two is our problem solving mind.
To help us become more efficient, system one and system two work together to create automated responses for almost everything we encounter regularly. This becomes our programming or reaction blueprint.
And we form blueprints for everything from work, to relationships, to our health.
For a good example of the power of your programming at work, think of driving a car.
I bet your recent trips are a far cry from your first experience behind the wheel.
If you’re like me, you can now comfortably listen to podcasts and audiobooks whilst navigating Google maps and changing the radio station.
All whilst avoiding the many perils of modern automotive transportation.
Quite a miraculous concept if you ask me.
With more life experience, our system one is armed with more and more programs.
These programs become elaborate stories we refer to when we form belief systems based on their context.
And this is where problems arise.
Stories, based on your programming can become seriously misleading, or worse, can fuel self sabotage.
Stories can become a huge roadblock to your success.
Considering that system one is a fully automated operating system, which provides relatively useful responses to most data without you even knowing it.
What happens when it makes a mistake?
Provides a thought, or response based on incorrect information that doesn’t serve you?
As you go about your day, system one is busy filtering incoming information, and responding accordingly.
All with minimal disruption.
But when it responds based on a story that may not be based on actual facts – instead – an age old belief system, or dogma, that doesn’t serve you or your current goals or vision …
… that’s when you run into problems.
Remember, system one governs your thoughts and feelings based your past experiences.
But if you’ve never experienced something first hand, and instead been fed some BS, from a friend, family member, or media channel, then you’re vulnerable to forming a belief system around that bogus story.
This is referred to as social cognitive priming.
And cognitive priming is happening constantly.
Now more than ever.
With the advent of the internet and social media, clever companies are able to literally hijack the very systems in our brain that were designed to keep us safe.
And make us more efficient.
And it happens all the time.
Especially around exercise and diet.
Unfortunately, most of what you think and do on a day-to-day basis is not random, nor planned. You’ve been primed to think, respond or behave this way by what you’ve seen or heard.
And what you’ve seen or heard doesn’t necessarily serve you best.
When this occurs, it’s time for a software update.
It’s time for a new blueprint.
- There are billions of pieces of information processed every second by your brain
- Two brain systems (system 1 & 2, subconscious & conscious or thinking & observing)
- Automatic system 1 quickly filters, summarizes and responds to the incoming info
- Lazy system 2 relies on system 1 for most decisions, is active for complex problems
- System 1 is influenced by past experiences (creating your stories and beliefs)
- System 1 can easily be primed to respond in certain ways to certain stimulus
- Companies/media are able to hijack your psychology by cleverly priming system 1
- Television, internet and social media make things worse by exposing us more than ever
- Thoughts are merely a response from system 1 based on your stories (programming)
- Most of what we think, say or do makes no sense to what we actually want or need
- Essentially, we’re losing control of our behavior because of our stories and beliefs
- We form stories about everything in life from relationships and career, to our health
- Depending on who you listen to, stories can be labelled blueprints, programs or software
Check Your Ego At The Door
There’s no doubt that with the advancements in technology, society is changing. This puts new demands on us every day.
It’s incredibly hard to keep up; both mentally and physically.
Just like our laptop or smartphone, to be successful in our endeavours, we need regular software updates.
I.e., we need to update our stories …
Problem is, once a story (software) has been with us long enough, we become heavily attached to it. Wrong or right, even if it doesn’t serve our goals, it becomes ingrained in our belief system.
And what happens when one of our deep rooted belief systems is challenged?
We defend it; or more precisely, our ego defends it.
Our ego’s main purpose is to protect us from harm. Like a superhero, our ego is there to prevent things like failure, embarrassment and even physical harm.
The type of failure or embarrassment we might be exposed to when we try to make an important change in our lives.
So how do we know if ego is at play?
Symptoms of ego are:
- Deflecting – People are starving, in the scheme of things this isn’t a problem …
- Defending – Between work and family I have no time for my own health …
- Distorting – It’s too hard, every time I think about setting goals I fall apart …
- Blaming – Everything I do is a direct result of my parents and upbringing …
- Justifying – My priority is career and work so I have no time for anything else …
- Comparing – I might be unhealthy, but at least we’re not poor like some people …
- Demonstrating – I’ve tried this stupid airy fairy vision BS, none of it really works …
It’s time to identify your most superior ego traits so that you raise your awareness to possible self sabotage behaviors or habit loops.
When any of these scenarios, thoughts or feeling come up, it’s your ego, and it must be vanquished.
In order to grow, we must learn to check our ego at the door.
Before we move forwards, it’s time to check your alter ego’s at the door. Because when we try to make a change in our lives, change our thoughts, our diet or our exercise blueprint, our ego will leverage our natural psychology and try to sabotage us.