The Mindset of Low Energy

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Written by Michael Rizk, Condition for Life

Sunday, June 5th to Friday, June 10th

 

Thought for the week: Of the 100% amount of energy we have each day, are we spending our investing our resources of time? Are we spending our energy from a place of fear on activities that reinforce who we already are? Or, are we investing time from a place of love on activities that redefine who we want to be? What is our perspective on time? Do we value our time? Are we aware we’ll never get that time back? Are we living in the present, the past or the future? Is how we’re living an expression of our values and priorities?

On the other side of question are answers that help us discover who we desire to be. Please leave your comments below. Make it a great day! Be well.

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” Albert Einstein

 

Michael Rizk is on a mission to change the trajectory of world health and happiness. He believes…

  • If we focus on creating a life that makes us happy, our health will follow.
  • We are a slight shift of our mindset away from reaching our fullest potential.
  • We diet and exercise to improve our health, not because it’s effective or enjoyable, most of us just don’t know a better way. #lifestylemanagement
  • If we understood how change happened in our brain, we would be at peace with and actually enjoy the process of our personal transformation.
  • Our behaviors cannot exceed how much we love and believe in ourselves.

 

Sunday, June 12th: Clearing the path ahead

“Although the GAP is full of resistance, as we address and overcome each obstacle within it, we develop the sustainable strength and resources necessary to reach and sustain a Preferred Status lifestyle.”

Monday, June 13th: Step in or stay the same

“Remember our fears are the opposite of most plant life; they grow in the dark. By simply calling them out, you can instantly disarm them and reduce their power over you.”

Tuesday, June 14th: Doubt: the spirit-crusher

Doubt is a spirit-crusher and leverages its control through the UN’s. Each time we get the notion of improving some aspect of our quality of life, it gently whispers messages of uncertainty, unfamiliarity, unpredictability, and of being uncomfortable. It says you don’t know what will happen if you take a chance on yourself so you’re better off just staying the same.

Wednesday, June 15th: On the other side of fear and doubt

“It’s not until you’ve struggled, strained, fallen, gotten back up and surrendered to who you used to be that you will discover the only love that can move your from your GAP into your Preferred Status.”

Thursday, June 16th: (BE)lieve in (YOU)rself

“The fact of the matter is, telling ourselves to “just believe” in ourselves won’t do the trick. We have to pair that thought with a little magic called action, which is really love, manifested.”

Friday, June 17th: Solidifying your achievements

“Now that you’re there, how are you going to stay there or maintain residence at your personal utopia? There’s only one mindset that can keep you there…whatever it takes! Whatever it took for you to get there is what it will take for you to stay there. If you had to get organized, you’ll have to stay organized.”

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Solidifying Your Achievements

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You started this journey at your Current StatusSM, where life was filled with familiarity and predictability but offered little in the way of satisfaction. You were tired with the same ole’ feelings of being frustrated, drained and overwhelmed. But you’ve taken a chance on yourself, leaving certainty and dissatisfaction behind and dedicated your resources to the pursuit of what could be, where joy, contentment and fulfillment are in abundance. This was no small feat though, as the only way of reaching your Preferred StatusSM was to pass through your GAPSM, which meant facing every bit of pain, fear and guilt, all so that you could live life in a thriving state.

Now that you’re there, how are you going to stay there or maintain residence at your personal utopia? There’s only one mindset that can keep you there…whatever it takes! Whatever it took for you to get there is what it will take for you to stay there. If you had to get organized, you’ll have to stay organized. If you had to repair relationships, you’ll have to continue investing in them. If you had to choose courage over comfort, you’ll have to continuing making choices that honor you. In other words, if plan A got you there, plan A keeps you there. There is fundamentally where maintenance plans fail. Once the goal is met, we default to plan B and plan A results start to slowly fade.

The physical efforts are one aspect of success and we must keep in mind it was our mind that drove our body to show up and give it our best. So how do we keep our mind sharp to maintain our new lifestyle? You’ve got to remember…

  • Remember the pain – from time to time, reflect and lean into the uncomfortable feelings that caused you to strive for your Preferred Status
  • Remember your values – list the 3 things most important to you in your life that drove you to change from the inside out
  • Remember your priorities – be clear on what most deserves your time, attention and energy, if everything is important, nothing is important
  • Remember to be patient – your body needs time to catch up to what your mind has already conceived
  • Remember to take action – the effort it took to get you there is what it takes to keep you there

In addition, don’t forget about your spirit, the part of you that feels. Learn to trust in your intuitive self. Give yourself what you need so you can sustain what you’ve earned. The best way to keep your spiritual tank full is to encourage, uplift and support yourself, as well as, those around you.

Question: Have you ever reached a goal and had a difficult time maintaining it? In hindsight, what could you have done differently to better manage the process?

(BE)lieve in (YOU)rself

Unknown-9Whenever you try to move your life from your Current StatusSM to your Preferred StatusSM, you inevitably learn the only path leading to your goals requires traveling through your GAPSM. Once you step into your GAP, almost immediately, you will sense fear and doubt as they are designed to ensure you continue taking the path of least resistance. However, when you work through the terrible two, you find love on the other side.

Lets be honest though, we don’t always find ourselves on the other side of fear and doubt. Sometime we back down, shy away and curl up into a tiny ball of hesitation. If we know our Preferred Status lifestyle is on the other side of fear and doubt, why would we ever falter? That’s a difficult question to ask with a deceptively simple answer: belief. Do you believe you are worth the effort it will take to breakthrough?

What you believe is an issue of the past that affects your present and limits your future. For instance, if you grew up in a household where you felt loved, supported and challenged, it’s likely you hold the belief you are worthy of love and will act as if. However, if your environment was void of love, support and challenge, it’s unlikely you believe you are worthy of expressing efforts in your best interests. In other words, we are all byproducts of our environments, shaped by culture and home influences, education and formal training and life experiences.

I grew up in the latter scenario and as a result, I’ve spent the majority of my adult life trying to convince myself I am worthy of love, which includes my own efforts. There’s been a lot of pain associated with my reality but I’ve come to learn my parents did the best they could with what they had and more importantly, my past ≠ my potential. Thanks to people like Brene Brown, I’ve learned we’re all imperfect and wired struggle but worthy of love and belonging.

I tend to think of my life as a book and each day represents a page. I also think about the people reading my book. They start off understanding my trials and tribulations and in many ways, expect and possibly even permit my less than desirable behaviors. Then I start to imagine how boring my story would become if I kept writing the same pages over and again with repetitive, protective, fear-based behaviors. Chances are likely; their interest would fade just as quickly as my quality of life.

To keep my readers engaged, I’m responsible to progress to my story towards triumph. To do that, I fill the pages with acts of self-awareness through reflection, self-acceptance through grace and self-compassion through faith. I start showing up for myself even though my perceived levels of self-worth are wavering. I imagine how excited they would be for me and even become inspired to reach deep within themselves to create their own Preferred Status lifestyle. My driver here is not to please others, it’s knowing that when I show up for myself, I show up for others too. It’s like paying it forward just by being a leader in my life, a true win-win.

The fact of the matter is, telling ourselves to “just believe” in ourselves won’t do the trick. We have to pair that thought with a little magic called action, which is really love, manifested. Start small by doing things just outside of your comfort zone and then build on success, gradually increasing your distance away from the status quo. Reflect on your efforts and over time, you will gather enough evidence to prove you are worthy of love. It’s helps when I remind myself: “If life feels familiar, I’m not changing.” Tomorrow, we will discuss how to sustain life in a thriving state.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” Marianne Williamson

A song that inspired this post, music starts at 2m:40s.

Question: What behaviors are just outside of my comfort zone that would help me know I’m making changes in the direction of my Preferred Status? Please leave a comment below. Be well.

 

On the other side of fear and doubt

Unknown-8In an effort to live a Preferred StatusSM lifestyle, you’ve decided to leave your Current StatusSM and all of your old ways and head into your GAPSM and rumble with everything that truly holds you back in an attempt to redefine who you are.

Over the last couple days, we’ve discovered fear and doubt are two key players in our GAP designed to keep us as we are: comfortable yet dissatisfied.

Having created a Revolution in my own life, I can confidently tell you on the other side of fear and doubt is love, a love that knows no fear and has no doubt. One that never gets offended, is firmly grounded, is fully accepting, is overwhelmingly generous, is kind and compassionate, is amazingly courageous and knows no bounds.

But you don’t find this kind of love until you’ve reached the depths of your GAP. It’s not until you’ve struggled, strained, fallen, gotten back up and surrendered to who you used to be that you will discover the only love that can move your from your GAP into your Preferred Status.

Brian Tracy tells us “obstacles (fear and doubt) are what we see when we take our eyes off our goals.” While our goals are typically centered on weight loss, toning, energy and posture, the efforts it would take to bring our desires into our reality are in fact an expression of love.

Seeing our physical efforts (working out, eating whole foods, sleeping, other constructive behaviors) as a form of loving ourselves turns them into a spiritual practice, which makes them less demanding, more purposeful and beneficial.

To find love, try this brief meditation in a secluded area with your eyes closed:

  1. Bring your fears and doubts to mind (It’s important to lean into the discomfort)
  2. Take your focus from your fears and doubts to WHY you fear those things and doubt yourself (Don’t focus the symptoms, address the cause)
  3. Then imagine directly addressing and conquering the driver behind your fears and doubts (maybe this is a difficult conversation, extending forgiveness or giving yourself permission to move forward in a new way)
  4. Reflect on the specific actions it took to get to the other side of fear and doubt
  5. Imagine what life would be like in the midst of love, being comfortable in your own, pleasing yourself and not others, taking action on what’s important, etc.

When you open your eyes, you’ll know what you need to do. Tomorrow we’ll discuss a topic even larger than love, the belief you are worthy of it.

Doubt: the spirit-crusher

Unknown-5Yesterday, we bravely brought our fears out of our GAPSM and into the light, which takes us one step closer to our Preferred StatusSM. And by doing so, we reassign the power fear had over us back to ourselves. Now that we’ve taken the necessary first step, we’re prepared to deal with fear’s backseat driver: doubt.

Doubt is a spirit-crusher and leverages its control through the UN’s. Each time we get the notion of improving some aspect of our quality of life, it gently whispers messages of uncertainty, unfamiliarity, unpredictability, and of being uncomfortable. It says you don’t know what will happen if you take a chance on yourself so you’re better off just staying the same.

As with fear, we have a choice to make: comfort or courage. Though, one is instantly gratifying and the other offers long-term satisfaction.

To keep doubt in it’s rightful place, it’s helpful if we understand it a little better. Doubt…

  1. While protective in nature, is evidence of the fact we are trying to do something constructive in our lives…so kudos to you!
  2. Is poisonous to the pursuit of our goals when we forget our WHY, the drivers behind our wellness initiative. If we forget the pain, dissatisfaction and discontentment that drove us to take action to begin with, the intensity of our efforts will fade as quickly as the sunset.
  3. Gains influence when we numb our painful feelings with food, alcohol, drugs, and porn but also excessive spending, TV, cleaning and work. With pain comes learning and if you’re numbing, you’re not learning.

More than anything, doubt is weak in the presence of faith, hope and love. Any form of action that honors your individuality, your fundamental needs, and/or your values is an expression of undeniable love and love conquers all.

A simple strategy we share with our clients is tied to the breath of life. Whenever you find yourself in the midst of uncertainty, inhale courage and exhale doubt for just one minute…it’s a game changer!

Truth is, your actions will never exceed your self-doubt. Tomorrow, we’ll discuss the superpower you’ll discover once you manage to dig through fear and doubt: Love.

Step in or Stay the Same

step-off_bigYesterday, we discussed the only way to move from our Current StatusSM to our Preferred StatusSM is by working through our GAP SM. Though the GAP is full of adversity, obstacles, and uncertainty, we have the choice to either step in or to stay the same.

The very first challenge we meet in our GAP is Fear. Fear always whispers: “It’s dark in here, the road is winding, conditions are dreary, you’re likely to fail, and you might start to discover who you really are. Are you sure you’d like to proceed?”

It’s no wonder then as we contemplate entering our GAP, that we are in a full on fight-or-flight mode: our hearts are racing, our palms are sweaty and we can’t think straight.  But there’s a choice to be made: comfort or courage – staying the same or making the leap.

It’s probably easy to see why when we’re trying to address our health and fitness; it’s much simpler and easier to engage a diet and exercise program than it is to step into our GAP. Who wouldn’t rather take a Soul Cycle class or join Weight Watchers versus jumping into our greatest fears and then rumbling with our truth and our whole story.  Yet, unless we choose courage over comfort, we must be prepared to remain as we are.

To overcome your fears, you must first identify the rocks within your GAP. What gets in the way of you reaching your fullest potential? It can be anything from a busy schedule to low self-esteem to social awkwardness.  I always tell my clients that awareness precedes transformation.

Remember our fears are the opposite of most plant life; they grow in the dark. By simply calling them out, you can instantly disarm them and reduce their power over you.

The next step is best explained by Seth Godin who tells us to replace fear with a habit. For instance, say you have a fear that you’re always going to be overcommitted and unable to put yourself first in your schedule. You can choose to replace that fear with a habit of saying no to others, making the space to make the changes you desire. Unsure of how to replace your fear with a constructive habit? Just email us for some pointers.

What I’ve learned and share with my clients is that nothing minimizes and resolves fear like action.  Worried about making a wrong step? Close your eyes and visualize yourself taking action on that fear. What’s life like on the other side? How did you do it? How did it feel? I promise you this simple drill will provide the authentic motivation required to get past any big rock in your GAP.

Tomorrow, we’ll explore Fear’s sidekick: Doubt!

Clearing the Path Ahead

pathaheadWherever you are today, let’s call that your Current StatusSM.

Wherever you want to be, let’s call that your Preferred StatusSM.

The space in between your Current and Preferred Status is called your GAPSM. Your GAP  contains everything limiting you from reaching your fullest potential: pain, fear, guilt, shame, rejection, abandonment, procrastination, people-pleasing, perfectionism, need for control, insecurity, negative experiences…..the list goes on…and on.

So, how do you move from your Current to Preferred Status? The only way is to go right through your GAP. And that’s when things can get a little hairy.

Our GAP is deep and dark and wide and it’s dimensions are all consuming. Because of this, we will do just about anything to avoid the pain and uncertainty that comes along with stepping foot in there. It’s why we:

  • Drink coffee as a substitute for a lack of sleep.
  • Take yoga to reduce stress rather than address it directly.
  • Perform high-intensity exercise to counterbalance years of being sedentary.
  • Blame or blow up on people around us instead of taking accountability for our emotional health.

Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with drinking coffee, taking yoga or performing high-intensity workouts but we must question our driver behind these actions.

How many times have you heard the classic story of someone who lost a lot of weight only to put it back on because they weren’t able to adjust to a “maintenance” routine? I can tell you as a professional serving the fitness/wellness industry for 15+ years, the reason the weight came back on had nothing to do with “maintenance.” It had everything to do with the fact that the individual didn’t address WHY the weight came on to begin with – i.e. everything that’s still hanging out in his/her GAP.

The truth is there’s no way around the GAP. Believe me, I’ve tried my whole life to find the shortcuts, taking the easy route, avoiding difficult conversations, instantly gratifying myself and relying on my own strength – until I realized I kept coming back to my Current Status.

The good news? Although the GAP is full of resistance, as we address and overcome each obstacle within it, we develop the sustainable strength and resources necessary to reach and sustain a Preferred Status lifestyle.

This week, we’ll start by addressing our GAP’s most valuable players: Fear and Doubt with the intent to break through to the other side.

Can we succeed without failing?

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Written by Michael Rizk, Condition for Life

Sunday, June 5th to Friday, June 10th

 

 

Thought for the week: What is our relationship with failure? If we fail, do we give up or become discouraged easily? Is it possible to succeed without failing? How are we measuring success? Are we focused on the fact we’re actually putting forth efforts or the outcome? When we fail, what are we learning? How can we transmit the pain of failure into a lasting transformation of our body, mind and spirit?

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

 

Michael Rizk, Lifestyle and Performance Catalyst, owner of Condition for Life and creator of the online Revolution is on a mission to change the trajectory of world health and happiness. He believes…

  • If we focus on creating a life that makes us happy, our health will follow.
  • We are a slight shift of our mindset away from reaching our fullest potential.
  • We diet and exercise to improve our health, not because it’s effective or enjoyable, most of us just don’t know a better way. #lifestylemanagement
  • If we understood how change happened in our brain, we would be at peace with and actually enjoy the process of our personal transformation.
  • Our behaviors cannot exceed how much we love and believe in ourselves.

 

Sunday, June 5th: Conditioning body, mind and spirit

When I first started writing my blog, Movement Matters, it was heavily movement and exercise-based, which focused primarily on the physical realm. I came to realize we are more than physical bodies with fitness goals; we are 3D beings, led by a Mind and driven by a Spirit. If all three aren’t “moving”, we’re going nowhere real fast.

Monday, June 6th: Worthwhile vs. worthless thoughts

Just as we are what we eat, we are what we think about! Our thoughts are either worthwhile and move us towards our Preferred Status, or worthless and keep us at our Current Status.

Tuesday, June 7th: Top 3 ways to stick with anything, part 1/3

Marianne Williamson writes: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

Wednesday, June 8th: Top 3 ways to stick with anything, part 2/3

Effectiveness is defined as successful in producing a desired or intended result. Efficiency is defined as achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. I would only point out the obvious that efficiency preserves resources and promotes sustainability of our efforts.

Thursday, June 9th: Top 3 ways to stick with anything, part 3/3

If someone believes they lack intelligence…they’ll never raise their hand in class. If someone believes they aren’t worthy of their own efforts…they’ll never take a chance on themselves. If someone loves and believes in themselves…you will see risk-taking, speaking up and speaking out, redefining behaviors, consistency, resilience, resourcefulness, etc.

Friday, June 10th: Are your needs being prioritized

When you’re stuck in the midst of a decision, there’s a lot at stake. You could be right or you could be wrong. You may act too quickly or wait too long. One thing’s for certain, when you’re on the “left” side of a decision, you’re expending a tremendous amount of energy.

 

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Are your needs being prioritized?

6.11.16 - Are your needs being prioritized?Are you living life in survival mode or a thriving state?

Wherever you are, it is directly proportionate to where your fundamental needs fall on your priorities list.

Where can your needs for movement, nourishment and rest be found on your daily schedule?

Oftentimes, our most basic needs are found at the bottom of the barrel and once we look more closely, we discover we’re putting everyone and everything ahead of ourselves.

Why?

Is prioritizing others needs and other things a subconscious strategy to avoid caring of ourselves?

People who place low priority on their needs have a difficult time answering this simple question: How much do you love and believe in yourself?

Caring for your self in any fashion is a love-based action, expressing your self-worth.

Engaging avoidance activities is a fear-based action, expressing a lack of value.

Many times we think about takings better care of ourselves but get stuck in a mode of thought. Richard Rohr says, “We cannot think ourselves into new ways of living. We can only live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”

To move yourself up on your priority list, you’ll first want to know where you are. How do you spend your time? Those are your unspoken, enacted priorities. How much of your 168 hours per week are being invested in self-care? If none, there’s nowhere to go but up!

Building a schedule that incorporates your needs is vital being conditioned for life.

While putting yourself first may sound selfish, it enables you to give of yourself from a place of abundance rather than a place of scarcity.

On the other side of activities which incorporate your needs, you’ll meet a stronger, more confident and vibrant version of yourself.

#selfishtoselfless

#iamenough

#behavetobecome

Top 3 ways to stick to anything, part 3/3

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As a Lifestyle and Performance Catalyst, my role is to create an environment for my clients where their health, wellness and quality of life goals become the natural result of how they live day to day. In other words, I build success into the pursuit of their Preferred Status. Over the last two days, we discussed how to overcome issues regarding inconsistency and a lack of motivation. Today lets explore how to maintain the grittiness required to reach our goals when life gets busy.

First and foremost, life itself is not busy. We make life busy. Busyness is a choice we have and a decision we make every day. Yes our culture drastically influences our lifestyles but to act as if we don’t have a say in the matter leaves us powerless. If that’s the case, why ever try to improve our own quality of life? This simple understanding offers us the opportunity take full accountability for our current situation, busy or not, and give ourselves permission to move on in a new way.

  • What are the drivers behind my busy lifestyle? (People pleasing, perfectionism, pride, etc.)
  • Am I keeping myself busy to avoid addressing something that deserves my time and attention?
  • Are there any commitments I could step away from to invite a positive change into my life?

Secondly, busy is not the problem; we have an innate ability to survive and adapt to any environment. The problem is we’re busy but our fundamental needs are not being addressed; therefore, we lack the resources necessary to sustain our busyness. When a car runs out of fuel, it stops. When the human body’s resources dry up, it doesn’t just stop, it does something remarkable. When the demands for energy are greater than the supply, the body switches into survival mode. Stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine keep the body going but there’s a tradeoff. The body chooses short-term survival over long-term health, in which it catabolizes lean muscle tissue, suppresses the immune system, elevates blood pressure, etc. all so we can sustain our efforts…a gift of grace but very costly.

  • Why am I putting everything ahead of me and simultaneously putting myself last?
  • What would my schedule look like if I were to address my fundamental needs for movement, nourishment and rest before everything else?
  • Is being busy a status symbol and will it ever give me what I’m searching for?

Lastly, to break out of the busy cycle, we must understand the difference between frantic motion and productive action. Frantic motion is driven by a state of urgency and calls us to act NOW! “Hasty climbers have sudden falls.” Many times, we rush to engage tactics because it offers a level of instant gratification and we feel in control but as John Wooden says: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Operating in a mode of reactivity is highly inefficient, making it impossible to stick with just about anything. On the other hand, productive action exchanges tactical living for strategic thinking. Productive people invest the time to create a plan that is likely to work. Their planning and preparation offers a massive return on their investment of time spent and that’s how they get ahead. Yet this is difficult because we delay gratification and we are forced into thinking, which is much harder than doing. Paul Bryant says: “It’s not the will to win that matters. Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” Productivity gets us where we want to be and more importantly, preserves the resources necessary to stay there.

  • Do I know a productive person who can coach me or I can ask for advice?
  • Do I love and believe in myself enough to develop the skill sets of patience and productivity?
  • If being busy is comfortable, what does courage look like?

“I have nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it’s enough.” Richard Rohr