The title of this article is from Sun Tzu in the historic book “The Art of War.” It is a way can we can approach our health and fitness and deal with life’s challenges, especially when it comes to changing our bad habits. This is a great example of my philosophy that we need to “Train Our Minds to Change Our Body.”
As a trainer for 40 years, the number one excuse I hear is “I don’t have time to exercise.” My experience has been that people who don’t have time for exercise and other good habits seem to have plenty of time to practice and perfect their bad habits. So the question you have to ask is this: Why do some people get so much done and still manage to exercise? Why does productivity differ so much between people? It has to start with you looking at yourself. Learn to change your faulty belief systems.
The time we have doesn’t flex. We have 168 hours in a week. Soldiers, doctors, physicists, and cops – we all have the same freakin’ amount of time every day in every week. Where you are next week will depend on how you use the hours you have this week. Make them count.
Winston Churchill had this to say:
“Time is one thing that can never be retrieved … the hours that are lost in idleness can never be brought back to be used in gainful pursuits.”
Why is it so easy to indulge a bad habit and so difficult to adhere to a good habit?
Life is a series of small habits that when you systematically place them together create behaviors that ultimately result in your lifestyle. If my habit is to get up, drink coffee, and watch TV for 10 hours, the next thing you know 12 years go by and I have not accomplished a damn thing.
Since habits form our lifestyle, we need to assess our life’s habits, the unconscious things we do without thought. Decide which are positive and which are negative. Maintain the ones that are positive and slowly address, with small behavioral changes, the ones that are inefficient or negative. Attack your health and habits like a warrior – it’s the fight for your life.
Here’s an Old School Coach saying from this week’s video:
“Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits define who you are and how you live …”
Challenge yourself to Train Your Mind to Change Your Body.
Steve Holden (a.k.a. Old School Coach) is a super trainer with over 40 years of experience. Steve enjoyed a 13-year career as an Undefeated Heavy Weight Full Contact Kickboxer. He is a 7th degree black belt and is in the Kenpo International Hall of Fame. Website: www.oldschoolcoach.org
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