One of the greatest benefits of following a kick-butt exercise routine is how it helps you conquer self-doubt, fear, worry and various forms of inner negativity.
This is why there really is no such thing as physical exercise.
All exercise has a psycho-physical component. Even so, there are forms of physical training that connect the psychological far better than others.
When you tune into and really focus on your breathing during an exercise, you begin tapping into the mind at a far deeper level. You realize it isn’t the inhale and exhale during a movement, but rather HOW you do perform them.
For example, when I practice Dao Zou, there are dozens of different breathing patterns I can use, and each pattern will change the way I feel, including my emotional state.
If I inhale for two seconds and exhale for two seconds, that produces a certain awareness. If I inhale for four, six or eight seconds, I’m going to get a different kind of response.
If I focus on all the problems in the world as I train, this produces more of them. If I focus on what is good in the world, the same exercise turns into something that is doing my body a lot of good.
As I train, if I visualize a repetition being completed before I start the movement, this produces a physiological response that is often mind-boggling. This is why I often say, “See it. Feel it. Be it.”
Yesterday I was coaching a man in a movement pattern I teach in Dao Zou. He’s been doing the physical movement and is amazed at how, that alone, has changed his inner whirld over the past 30 days. The angst is gone. His confidence is HUGE. He’s feeling fearless.
So I introduced him to visualized movement. It’s not the same as doing it in your head.
He began doing it and was blown away.
One small change made a major difference.
Changing what you focus on as you train is as important as focusing on how you train.
During my midnight workouts, I change my focus frequently. I will work on a specific exercise in slow motion. Then I’ll work on it a bit faster. Then I’ll change the breathing. Then I’ll change the mental image.
Every change you make changes YOU because exercise is psycho-physical.
I believe the most important change of all is being on a routine that causes the creation of a courageous, confident mindset.
It’s fearlessness that we can use more of in this world.
Far too many people are in panic mode. There’s far too much anxiety, far too much angst.
Be Fearless today. It will help you to…
Kick ass and take names.
By the way, I have a couple new success posters up on my other site. Seeing these hanging on your wall is the perfect way to begin and end your day.