10 weeks ago, if you had said to me that I would be looking at a calendar filled with 10 weeks of stars for working out and that I would have been doing 10 weeks of cardio, 4-5 days and sometimes even 6 days a week, I would have laughed hysterically in your face.
IN. YOUR. FACE.
On Twitter, I follow, Amelia Burton, and she tweeted a link to her interview with Dr. Dain Heer. Because I am often on Amelia’s site for health and fitness motivation, I clicked on the link and started to listen to the interview, but it was a crazy ass day, so I only listened to half of the interview, but something in that short time stuck with me that Dain said to Amelia and that was to not make a goal but to set an aim/target.
I thought, well hell, I can do that. It was a Monday so I set my target to work out four to five days that week…and I did. So I set another target for four to five days and completed it. So I continued setting targets and here I am…
Five weeks after that, I started “Beast Mode” which was just targets of 5 days of cardio and 4 days of strength. I hadn’t been doing strength so I figure “Beast Mode” would help me kick it up a notch. I’m on my 5th week of beast mode and I have Amelia and Dr. Heer to truly thank.
When I didn’t get to finish listening to the interview, I kept thinking about it and then I finally went back a week later and listened to it and I’m glad I did.
The interview changed the way I was thinking. By simply giving myself a target vs a goal my mental stop sign went away. It went to a constant green light, granting me the headspace to see what I could change in myself. Instead of I’ll never drop those extra pounds, it was I can do it, but it’s going to take time.
After a few successful weeks of working out, I decided to get a sample of Dr. Dain Heer‘s book Being You Changing the World sent to my kindle and I was gifted by some freak accident or power of the Universe the entire book.
I’m very glad I read it. It’s enlightening and makes one think and makes one change their way of thinking.
Yes, some might read it and think, “crazy new age crap,” “one step away from an occult,” “this is stupid,” but for me, it just opened my eyes to how I was limiting myself.
But I know it changed me.
I hate to use the word enlighten because many people associate it with self-help, gurus, yogis, spirituality, etc, but I was enlightened. I look at the world a little different. I take a slightly different approach than I did before.
Again, I go back to what jumpstarted the change and that was the interview…if changing the word goal to target could change my entire mental outlook on working out, what else was possible?
(Trust me, I still hate working out. I hate running. I hate the gym. I hate lifting weights. All of that is still there, but instead of having that emotion of hate stopping me, I just ignore it and do it anyway. As I told a friend, “I hate working out, but I enjoy the benefits from it.”)
I like most of what Being You Changing the World says and I would say all, but there were parts that just flew over my head because I just couldn’t wrap my brain around it or because I zoned out while reading it. I do find myself asking a lot of the questions it asks the reader to ask. I find that my world is a lot lighter.
What I like most about the book, is that it just asks you to ask yourself what else is possible and let the Universe answer the question for you.
I don’t know if being me can change the world, but I do know that learning to be me, changed me…and maybe that’s the change the world needed after all.