Compare and despair or admire and acquire?

Lately, Andrew has been sort of joking about the Karate Kid montage, set to the tune of “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, as a motivational tool.  Now, personally, that would not be very motivating to me, but you get the gist.  So it got me to thinking about vision boards, mind maps, positive intentions, and Olympic athletes who use guided imagery to compete at the highest level.

Sometimes, as women, we can be a little bit catty when it comes to comparing ourselves to others, but how effective is that?  We see a person who looks better than we do, we compare ourselves to them, and despair of ever achieving such a level of fitness, panache, or hair volume.   So we trudge home and crack open the Snickers Ice Cream and oh woe.  Instead, I think we need to flip that type of thinking over and start using the visual image of a physical ideal as our motivation. 

Look, we don’t paper our vision board or mind map with images of a lumpy, bumpy, overweight and out of shape person.  No!  We use pretty pictures and motivating images to remind us of the things we want to achieve!  Likewise, we should be looking across the gym at those muscle maidens and thinking, “you go girl!”  We should be admiring and acquiring what they have that we don’t — whether it’s the aerobic capacity to run on the elliptical for 30 minutes at a time or the strength to lift heavy weights for an hour of supersets.  And, at home, between workouts, we should be visualizing ourselves at peak fitness and ultimate fabulosity.

I encourage you to use the power of your mind to create more power in your body.  Here are some tools to help you.

If you haven’t done a vision board before, try Christine Kane’s How to Make a Vision Board

Mind Maps have been around for a while and are now available in a software version, but the premise is quite elegant.

There are a lot of sources for guided imagery, but a friend recommended Orin & DaBen’s site for good quality products.

Finally, think like an Olympian.  Those young men and women spend a LOT of time on the mind game and constantly visualize winning.  If it works for them, why wouldn’t it work for us?  Check out this article at Finer Minds for a primer on visualization for performance.

Visioning fitness ~ Puff

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