Mind Over Matter
There are many things in life that we want to accomplish but find many excuses not to do so. This can be frustrating and at times demoralizing because it makes us feel like our lives will be incomplete if we don’t accomplish all that we desire. Although there are some justifiable reasons that can explain why some of our goals are harder than others, at the end of the day when you sit down and reflect on your life, you will most likely see more excuses stopping you from succeeding than actual valid reasons.
We obviously face different sets of problems since our lives differ from one another. Therefore, we should look at health and exercise as a common challenge we all share, in order to better understand how mind over matter works. In doing so, you will see that most of the time we let our minds control what we are actually capable of. Meaning, there is way more that we can accomplish but we let our minds trick us into thinking that we can’t achieve those accomplishments.
Take for example going for a run, something many of us have done before. We’ve all felt that feeling of exhaustion that makes us want to collapse on the ground after running a mile or two. However, your body is more likely to manifest whatever physical reality you are thinking of. This puts into perspective two things that are at play in our daily lives (but are most notable during exercise), mental fatigue and physical fatigue. The relationship between the two leads to mental fatigue dictating what your physical nature is capable of. This is due to the fact that your mind is always looking out for you, trying to reserve some energy for later. In turn, your mind starts telling your body that it is exhausted and should stop running immediately.
In other words, your mind will perceive that it has reached its limit, even though your body could be capable of giving much more. When this happens, your mind sends a signal to your body and your body starts shutting down, so-to-speak. Another example that can help you understand this fact is that moment when you come home and feel like doing nothing at all because you’re stressed out, tired, sad, or simply having a rough day. You tell yourself that after a stressful day at work where you had to deal with office drama and annoying coworkers, the last thing you want to do is a load of laundry -- let alone a 30-minute workout. Now, imagine if you could trick your mind to stop limiting what your body can do? You have the power to train your body and self to work for what you want!
We’ll continue this discussion next week!