Is Your Mind Playing Tricks on You?
Yesterday while I was at the gym riding a recumbant bike as part of my daily workout, I found myself in the middle of a back and forth struggle.
No, it wasn't because I was riding between two other people arguing while they worked out,
but an internal struggle between my conscious and subconscious minds.
You see, I set the pedal resistance on the bike unusually high after about a 2 minute warm up and set the digital timer for 30 minutes.
My goal was to pedal for 28 minutes at a level that I'd normally only reach for about 3 minutes during the peak of my ride, right before I cut back to cool down.
In other words, I was severly challenging myself in a way I'd never done before by riding for 28 minutes at a level that I'd normally ride for only 3.
It was truly a test of my own will, just to see how far I could push myself.
I knew that when I set this goal for myself, (and set the timer) that I was in for a major test.
So as my legs were churnin' & burnin' in just the first minute of this super high intensity portion of my ride, already my mind was coming up with reasons why I should just get off the bike and go lift some weights.
Yep, just one minute into my workout and already my subconscious mind is doing a job on me!
Excuse #1 - I was tired. (I wasn't at all)
Excuse #2 - I can just do it tomorrow. (Yeah right - don't fall for this one - most people do)
Excuse #3 - I don't want to burn myself out for my weight training. (just another lame excuse not to leave it all on the table)
Yes, I was being challenged by myself and it was pretty interesting. I was actually laughing at myself during this back and forth battle.
My conscious mind had to come up with some reasons for me not to quit on myself and not to quit on my goals.
I ran through every single reason I was at the gym in the first place. All the reasons I train every day and what my goals are for putting my body through this type of test.
In the meantime, my legs were doing just fine. A little pain from lactic acid build up, but nonetheless, they were still moving and I was about 5 or 6 minutes into my workout!
Does this happen to you too?
Do you ever attempt to justify and give yourself permission to quit something you've started only to find yourself right in the middle of the undaunting task, making progress despite your attempts to sabotage your success?
If you are human, it probably happens often.
It does for me.
But like me, you overcome.
You press on.
You practice discipline.
I did and continued on my ride.
I listened to music, typed my thoughts and ideas into my iPhone Notepad and just visualized passing my 2nd Degree Black Belt test in Tae Kwon Do late next spring. (Yes, I'm beginning to prepare now; not waiting until a few months before my test when I have to cram to remember every single kick, punch, block & throw...a lesson inside a lesson, hmmmmm!)
At 30 minutes of my ride, I finished.
And let me tell you....it was AWESOME!
My legs didn't fall off, my heart didn't explode and my mind was at ease. No more squabbling.
It was the best feeling I had after a workout in months, mainly because I kept on going, when all forces tried to stop me.
Do outside forces do this to you too?
Do you feel resistance from people or situations around you that attempt to shelve your plans on your way to the top?
If so, embrace them. Allow them to happen. You cannot control the "uncontrollable".
Allow them to challenge you but stand tall in the face of adversity and keep moving your legs.
Because if you don't keep moving, continuing on and making small incremental progress despite what people say to you, about you or behind your back, you lose.
But this can only happen if you are not working on yourself and practicing the disciplines that you know you must master in order to succeed.
You see, your body will do what your mind tells it to.
And its small people who give small problems, big energy.
And it's no different while working out than building your business.
What makes it challenging is that the "logic" in justifying why it is ok if you quit sounds so good, that you can almost believe it every time.
But you must not take that advice. It's not coming from a place of empowerment, trust or inspiration.
It's coming from a man made fear manufactured inside your deepest thoughts that if you succeed, you will be different, won't be liked, loved or accepted.
Perhaps by people who feel intimidated by you and your success or who feel uncomfortable with themselves for their lack of production - but not by other successful people who are in the process to take themelves, their lives and everyone they touch (both directly and indirectly), straight to the top.
So continue on, keep on moving forward and keep your eyes on the end result. A life of complete and total freedom. Being surrounded by other like minded leaders who have led thousands of others as well.
Stay committed to the process and know that every day that you move forward, every step, every pedal, every solution of every moment of challenge that you overcome, that you are that much closer to success and creating an exceptional life for yourself.
Remember, the bigger the test, the better your testimonial and without some darn war to fight, the warrior may as well be dead.
Be a warrior.
Keep on fighting for your freedom.
Keep on fighting for your family.
Keep on fighting for your life.
Take a stand for what you believe.
Lead others who look to you for support.
Don't let your mind play tricks on you.
A lot of people are counting on you to show them the way.
You can be, do and have everything you've ever wanted.
Just never quit and never, never, never stop moving your legs!
Aaron Rashkin is an MLM Expert whose 14 years experience being self employed in Free Enterprise has allowed him to earn a high multiple six figure yearly income since 2004 and currently his team reaches almost 10,000 people in 14 countries doing millions of dollars in business every year. Visit http://www.AaronRashkin.com to subscribe to his To the Top Newsletter, Top 10 Success Principles, HOT Leadership Tips & Best of the Best Prospecting Training.