There’s a five-word saying that derails more people than it helps: “Now the hard work begins.”
Over 30 years ago, a friend told me how he’s never had a job, how he’s never worked a day in his life. He advised me to do the same.
But how? I wondered. Isn’t one of the keys to successful living the willingness to work hard?
Well, as I often say, “Yes and no.”
When you are doing your job, it will appear to others that you are working, but in your own mind, you’re just having fun. You’re doing what you love to do.
Yes, you are exercising.
Yes, you are practicing.
Yes, you are training.
Yes, you are “getting some.”
But you’re not WORKING out.
If you are “working” at your workouts, you will never get the results you want, much less feel happy or fulfilled. The key is getting into the ZONE and enjoying the training, even the parts that are challenging or difficult.
The other night I was working with a client, Mr. R., showing him how to do the kneeling back bend, as shown in my best-selling Combat Conditioning book and DVDs.
He was struggling with the exercise, until I put my hand on the back of his neck and told him to relax, breathe, and let go. I also gave him instructions on where he wanted to stay alive, energetically speaking; where NOT to relax too much.
With this approach, Mr. R was lowering his body to the ground almost immediately. Yet, seconds earlier, he was telling me how many weeks he was going to need in order to do this exercise.
Within what seemed to be seconds, weeks of “hard work” were removed from his mind.
Does this mean that he no longer needs to do this exercise? No, it doesn’t. What it means is that NOW he can do this exercise without working hard on it. He can eliminate the drudgery and train the exercise with a sense of fascination.
As he progresses in this exercise and it gets noticeably “harder,” he can approach the movement with a sense of awe and wonder, while figuring out what he can do with his mind, his breathing and his body to make it easier.
The way I see it, there is always an easier way to work “harder” without working hard. Part of the change in your results comes from your mindset. Seeing yourself where you want to be makes a major different. The other key to results is recognizing what you could do differently, then doing it.
You see a different path, then you follow it.
So head my message: Stop working out and start figuring out ways to enjoy exercise.
Hint: Focusing on your breathing is part of it.
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Seize the NOW and Make ’em say WOW.