The Importance of Meaning

Everyday things happen to us. It’s not so much the things that happen to us as the meaning that we attach to them.

Let me give you some examples.

You’ve wanted to start an exercise program.

In the past you’ve started exercise programs and you never stuck to them for whatever reason.

So what meaning have you attached to exercise programs?

Quite possibly:

  • It’s that they just don’t work.
  • I’ve never had any luck.
  • It’s just not for me.
  • Those things work for other people.
  • I don’t enjoy the discomfort that comes from exercising
  • I don’t have time

So you see we attach meaning to things whether they have been pleasant or unpleasant.

So if that’s the case then what do we have to do to start something new and finally get the results that we’ve been looking for?

The answer is find the right psychology.

For instance…

You know that you should exercise but you’ve got all of this junk in your head about why you can’t experience success in the present because of the failures you’ve had in the past.

Let’s be clear.

Your past does not determine your future especially if you are willing to make a plan, take action, and stick to it.

So how about this…

You’ve decided to start a new exercise program.

Do yourself a favor and think about how you are going to handle this mentally consistently.

Here are a few things to help:

  • Cut yourself some slack. You may not be perfect and you will probably make some mistakes but don’t worry about it and keep pressing on
  • View the initial pain and discomfort as temporary and your eventual success as something that you can be proud of for your entire life
  • Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take longer than a day to get yourself to the fitness level that you desire. It will happen. Believe you can do it
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s a sure way to get frustrated and give up. Do your best and keep showing up. That’s all you have control of. Don’t worry about the things you can’t control.
  • Try to do a little more each day. A little faster, a little longer, a little better and watch your physical and mental momentum start to grow

You can do this.

Take the time to do the things that can change your life for the better.

Motion creates emotion.

Start taking action today.

Fred Nicklaus
Core Exercise Coach

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