As a sport scientist, personal trainer and performance coach, I have been working for many years with clients who come to me in spring for advice about how they can improve the performance and quality of their bodies for the summer season. Some want help to lose weight and tone up, others need to reduce their blood pressure, some want to put on muscle and everyone wants to look and feel better.
However, I have found that it is never my clients physical body that requires improvement in the first instance. My experience has shown me that the body is a barometer for life; if something isn’t going well in a certain area of life, it manifests through the body. It was only when I addressed the underlying cause of their dissatisfaction that their physical body responded with a lot less effort and they began to see amazing results in all areas of their lives, at any time of the year.
Ultimately what I found was that my clients had a perceived gap between who they were and who they wanted to be and this gap manifested itself as some form of dis-ease in their physical body. Therefore in order for you to get your body working optimally (and live a life of ease) this summer, you first need to look at your current thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors before summer even arrives.
The following are guidelines to help you achieve a life of ease this summer.
Activate your being.
Activating your being is about you designing the person you want to become this summer and then being this person now. To do this, write down your answer to the following three questions:
1) Who are you?
2) Who do you want to be?
3) What is your life purpose?
Activate your thoughts
Thoughts are the root cause of your reality, therefore you must begin to master them in a positive sense in order to manifest a life of ease this summer. You have the ability to achieve all of your goals and dreams but before this happens you must first know exactly what it is you are looking to achieve and then begin to focus on your goal with positive thoughts. To help you do this, write down what it would be like to live your life of ease and be in the best possible shape this summer, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
Activate your feelings
Perhaps the most important aspect of manifesting your life of ease this summer is to focus your attention on the feelings that achieving this ideal life will give you. An excellent way to maintain these feelings is to find some pictures or images of your goals and create a collage with them, place it on your wall and view it at least twice daily. Additionally, write down what it would feel like to live your life of ease this summer and then visualise it what it would look like and feel like for at least 5 minutes every day.
Activate your beliefs
Beliefs are thoughts repeated constantly and held as true. Therefore the best way to believe your life of ease is possible this summer is to associate with the people and the things that you want to be like. To do this, you can read books, attend seminars and associate with the people and places that you are aspiring to become. Before this summer arrives associate with other people looking to get in the best possible shape this summer and seek out the support of a mentor or personal trainer.
Activate your behaviors
Creating an action plan and then implementing it is the final step to creating your life of ease this summer. A successful action plan contains the daily behaviors, obstacles, solutions, support, and rewards that are necessary to achieve your goals. To help you do this, write down what behaviors you will need to perform to achieve your goals and also what obstacles will you need to overcome, what solutions will you need to overcome them, what support will benefit you and what rewards will you give yourself when you achieve your goals?