When I speak at conferences, I deliver two stern messages that seem to contradict each other.
First, I urge people to really do their work. To do what it takes to dredge through their muddy pasts and face head-on those demons that keep them from being their awesome selves. From thriving. From shining their own light. And since I’m usually speaking to a roomful of parents (at unschooling conferences), from the things that keep them from being the best damn parents this side of the Mississippi. Or at least aiming for it.
I ask them to work on their shit.
But THEN, then I ask them to chill the eff out and not over-think it. Less thinking, more doing. I caution them against getting so caught up in their inner work that they miss all the awesomeness of their kids right that minute.
So which is it? Do you work like hell to examine your obstacles, or do you just forge ahead?
Visit the past so you can take a sledgehammer to the old barriers and flip the bird to the mean old voices, but don’t linger. Deal with it, then GET OUT. You’ve been shutting the door on all that old conditioning. Now that you’ve walked back through to kick some ass, don’t get lost in there.
If we’re talking about fitness, it’s important to figure out what holds you back. Have you had body image insecurities your whole life? Does the thought of elementary school gym class make you break out into a cold sweat? Do you have memories of achy knees from your last bout with jogging? Do you make time to sweep the floor, fold a load of laundry, and make a quick run to the store but never make time to stretch or exercise? What is it? What’s up with that? What’s in your way?
Examine your blocks, then get on with it already. If it’s important to you, that is. Work through your shit for a bit, then move forward. Don’t take too long because it’s like quicksand in there. Those dark places have a way of sucking you in. Examine, then take a step back and see it from a new perspective. Realize those old reasons don’t have to have anything to do with your current reality. Truth is, you can reinvent yourself *right*this*minute* if you just have the right attitude.
You can rewrite your story. You can change “I’m not in shape” to “I’m getting in shape.” You can change “I’m not a runner” to “I’ve taken up running.” You can change “I’ve never been an athlete” to “I find opportunities for movement every day.”
I decided I could WANT to get in better shape; I could whine about my excess body fat and not-quite-toned arms; I could read a dozen books and two dozen blogs on ways to get fit. Or I could get on with it already, and do the things I know will begin to make that happen.
I got honest with myself, and honest about what was holding me back, and honest in admitting I wasn’t doing enough of the right things but whining about it instead.
And that’s highly unattractive.
You get every Wednesday on my Facebook page to whine. On Whiny Wednesday, have at it – bitch and moan. It’s an important part of the process.
But by the end of day, you have to buck up and move on. No one likes a whiner. You have to begin it to win it. And as scary as that is, I’m here to make that as easy as possible for you. With quick workouts, that are intense enough to be effective, short enough to fit into your schedule, and varied enough that you won’t get bored.
So let’s get to it! I’m in it to win it! Join me? RAWR.
For this workout you will need a mat, and a set of light dumbbells. I used 5 lb. dumbbells.
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