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runnersonbrooklynbridgeRecently I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, he referenced a short essay called “It’s Always Your Fault” written by his guest David Heinemeier Hansson.  The essay refers to business systems and the question it asks is “How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?”. It talks about being accountable, about situations being a feedback loop and that you can take action and have the control to change.

As a fitness instructor, I immediately thought of how this relates to health and fitness. Our daily actions have consequences that affect our physical and emotional well-being and can lead us to a condition we don’t want. Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits can lead us to being out of shape, overweight, lethargic and unmotivated – or to more serious health issues.

There are many reasons we may not take care of ourselves; life gets busy, we don’t know where to start, it’s overwhelming, we never got into the habit in the first place, ignorance, etc. Most people are disconnected from the their bodies and don’t stop to realize how they feel.

Unhealthy habits become a feedback loop; lack of sleep can increase sugar or caffeine consumption to gain energy, lack of exercise causes fatigue so we’re too tired to workout, and so on. And then we tend to shirk responsibility for our actions and blame external factors.

The fact is we have the control to change and take action. So ask yourself: Are you in a condition you don’t want to be in? If the answer is yes, then consider:

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“How am I complicit in creating the condition I say I don’t want?”
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 Realize that you have the control to change and take action!

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It’s so inspiring to see young girls thinking differently, this 8 year old is very wise!

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“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”
~ Harold Coffin

I’ve always thought of envy as a negative thing because it doesn’t feel good, it’s like something heavy in the pit of your stomach. Some time ago, I consciously worked on changing my envy to appreciation, to appreciate what others have and be happy for them instead of being envious. Although it is not always easy, especially when I’m feeling sorry for myself, it has worked quite well and I find I’m rarely envious anymore. Being happy for peoples good fortune makes me feel good, being envious makes me feel bad.

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“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you”.
~ Marilyn Monroe

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Recently I was listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Podcast “Happier” and she had another strategy. She suggested try to figure out what the person you envy has that you want. Then use that information to create more it in your own life. What a great concept, I love it! Makes sense doesn’t it? She said it helped her realize that she didn’t want to be a lawyer after all because she never envied lawyers! She completely changed her path and became a writer. Now I know we can’t instantly materialize what other people have but we can certainly take small steps in the right direction.

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“Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.”
~Gretchen Rubin

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Give it a try, would love to hear if you have any realizations!

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❤ Love love love this, had to share it with you!

For the past while I’ve been following Elizabeth Gilbert the author of the book Eat Pray Love.  First on her Facebook page where she serves up daily inspiration, then on her fantastic podcast on creativity and now I’m about to listen her new book BIG MAGIC.

If, like most people, you’ve got a creative project in the back of your mind that you’ve always wanted to do (like write a book, paint, make a movie, take a drawing class, try pottery) but it never seems to happen,  then this is a must watch for you.  I hope it inspires you to get into that creative self inside you!

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