As I write today’s show I’m sitting at the airport after a stunning long weekend with the fam in Noosa.
This means I’m feeling blissfully relaxed & super grateful that I get to visit a place as gorgeous as Noosa several times a year.
If you know me at all, you’ll know it also means this is the perfect opportunity for a cameo from my lil bro Sir Thomas the golden-boy-wonder-child… cat!
In today’s show I’m covering: Looking For The Catch.
I’ve touched on this idea in previous shows such as the #103 show on: 4 Common Patterns Keeping You STUCK. However today I’m going to dig a little deeper. If the term is new to you, Looking For The Catch is something you can do either to your benefit or to your detriment.
It’s looking at the way it is for someone else and then either deciding how you too can experience great results by taking what is applicable to you & your life and implementing. OR, alternatively holding the way it is for someone else up as an excuse – a reason why you can’t experience the results they are enjoying.
So to get back to Golden boy… after many a decadent prawn feast in his years at mums & dads it seems he’s built up an intolerance. The vet has now told us one more prawn will kill him.
Now death by prawn may not be a bad way to go however we’d like Thomas to be with us for many more years. So even though prawn was catch of the day at the family barbie on Sunday… sadly it was off the menu for Sir Thomas.
Luckily amoung his many skills – Thomas is a percentages man. He’ll find the good in any situation. If prawn isn’t an option well he’s going to get pretty damn excited by the teaspoon of the gross wet cat food treat he gets instead.
Let’s bring this back to YOU and your body gain goal.
Here’s a simple way to ensure Looking For The Catch is working to your advantage. Any time you catch yourself throwing out an “I can’t” or an “I don’t” it’s important to get brutally honest with yourself so far as what comes next.
Let’s take it for a spin with 3 common scenarios:
For emotional leverage on yourself lets pretend “I don’t” really means “I do not prioritize” and let’s say “I can’t” really means “I can not be bothered starting where I’m at”
So, onwards with those scenarios…
One: I DON’T Have The Time. or, I CAN’T Justify That Long.
Becomes “I do not prioritize… ” and to pull an example from the Noosa trip – my mum who used to get a lovely self indulgent 90 minute walk in most days when she wasn’t working could have resorted to that excuse. Instead she squeezed in a 30 minute walk with me after work yesterday.
=> where is one time in your week when you have less time than you would most love – however you really could prioritize some time to give to that habit you know will help you achieve your body gain goal?
Mine is meditation. A lot of the people I respect practice Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes a day twice a day. They strongly advocate starting the day with it. However when I leave home at 5.15am most mornings 20 minutes sounds like a noticeable amount less sleep!
The solution? I started with 5 minutes.
Whether you’d like to incorporate exercise or meditation or journaling or whatever it might be: you CAN have 5 minutes… because otherwise it simply means “I can not be bothered starting where I’m at”
Two: I DON’T Have The Money. or, I CAN’T Afford That.
For a number of years I looked at some of my most successful clients and thought I don’t have the money for that. Whether we’re taking an organic veg box or overseas holidays. However now I know I can prioritize the money for at least a small veg box and intestate holidays.
=> where is one time in your week when you roll with the money excuse – however you really could prioritize some money to even a small degree?
Perhaps it’s the beer you buy at the pub cos its $2 cheaper. Or the pizza meal instead of the fish and veg? Maybe it’s group exercise training instead of personal training? Whatever it might be: you CAN start with a dollar or two a day… because otherwise it simply means “I can not be bothered starting where I’m at”
Three: I DON’T Have The Strength. or, I CAN’T Do That.
My last couple of morning in Noosa I went for a most gorgeous couple of runs.
Now if you were looking at me and looking for the catch to your detriment you might say I can’t do that. Meaning I can’t run… I can’t run that far. However really that just means I can’t be bothered started with a walk… Or even a run/walk.
Or maybe you get disheartened in the gym like my dad because you don’t have the strength for that or again you can’t do that.
Here’s the thing: there’s something you CAN do. If you’re willing to start where you’re at. Likely there’s lots you can do.
If you’re anything like my dad, most things you can do. When I first took dad to the gym on a Noosa visit almost a year ago we could get a lot done at the gym but he couldn’t go for even a ten minute walk with out experiencing a lot of pain.
Now dads natural inclination is to look for the catch to his detriment.
Luckily he’s got two fairly insistent ladies in his life (me and mum!) at the ready to point out what he can do. Now thanks to his commitment to gym 3 days a week for almost a year he can walk without pain for longer than he has been able to in 10 years.
=> what is one component of achieving your body gain goal where you’ve resorted to I can’t do that. Or I don’t have the strength for that?
Perhaps it push ups from your hands and toes? However have you tried to do one? Even half of one is progress. Maybe it’s jogging on the treadmill. Or perhaps a chin up? Whatever it might be: you CAN start with something… because otherwise it simply means “I can not be bothered starting where I’m at”
To get actionable today. Let’s take a look at the person who has the body gain results you’d most love. I hope you have that person in mind right now. Your action step is to decide on ONE thing they do that you know would hugely benefit your current results… and to look for the catch in the positive, supportive way. How can you experience great results by taking what is applicable to you & your life and implementing?
That’s it for this week in Healthification. Thanks so very much for spending this time with me, I genuinely appreciate it.
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