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HOW FITNESS BECAME SO DIFFICULT
- The Reason You're Struggling And What You Can Do About It -
Pt. 4/4: "Balance Is A Necessity"
"Balance Is A Necessity"
Very so often, we meet someone who's working real hard right now on something. It can be their body, but it can also be his or her career. Or love relationships. Or finances. Or any of the ten-thousand-and-one things related to life. But they're still stuck. No matter how hard or how long they worked, nothing seems to improve.
I used to not believe in balance. I focused all my time and energy in my business, building my finance and what I considered to be "my future". But areas I never thought to even think about (such as building quality relationships) came back and bit me in my behind. I lost opportunities, stagnate, and got overworked and over-stressed trying to do everything alone.
8 Areas of Life
Aside from their relationship with their habits and a less-than-optimal direction, balance is a major thing that most people tend to miss. In my opinion based on what I've learned, there are 8 areas of life that needs to be taken care of. I invite you to take a look at all these areas and see which areas are affecting you right now, and see how it relates to Fitness, Success and Happiness:
- Body - how it performs, it's health and durability, and finally aesthetics
- Intelligence - your skills, knowledge, empathy and creativity
- Emotions - how you handle your emotions in tough times and in good times
- Character - your identity; who you are on the inside that determines your decisions
- Spirituality - the work you do in your search for higher meaning and purpose in life
- Relationships - with your romantic partner, friends, family, and work
- Finance - your income level, its sources, your assets and your stability
- Quality of Life - your environment, adventures and experiences, as well as the things you posses that fulfills you
Let's take a look at how these areas affect your overall life.
In relation to Fitness:
In the micro scale, there's an optimal ratio of how to spend time on facets of fitness like exercise, nutrition, mindset, and relationship with fitness in order to make it work. When any one of these elements are missing, fitness becomes unsustainable, ineffective, time-consuming, and simply suck balls.
But aside from these things, if someone doesn't get a handle of their emotions, they'll not be able to sustain their nutrition very long. Likewise, if they don't believe that it's in their character to be healthy and fit, they won't be doing much exercise at all.
The weakest link in all 8 categories determines how far they go in the effectiveness of their fitness.
In relation to Success:
Among the 8, there are areas that create Opportunities, and there are areas that develop Abilities. Luck is what happens when Opportunity meets Ability - and there are so many ways to increase both, but few understands this.
Your Relationships, Intellect, and Spirituality (passion) creates opportunities. Everything else defines your ability. If you grow both at the same time, not biased to one or the other, you're at the position to be able to snag any opportunity that comes your way.
So you see, "Luck" is actually not luck at all. "Luck" is created.
In relation to Happiness:
You can see it all the time; some people have given up on life. They're unhappy with every areas of their life, and for some reason they just accepted the lie that it's not going to be any different no matter what they do.
On another side, there are people who excels in certain areas, but are unhappy with another. But once again, they accepted that this is the way it is; that there's nothing they can do about it.
But every now and then we meet people do doesn't accept the status quo. They challenge and they fight to ensure that they're happy about all areas of their life - and they usually win the long run.
Is it difficult? Maybe.
Is it impossible? Hell no.
The thing is this: the distance between "1%" and "0%" is infinity. Is it really that far-fetched to believe that you have a chance to succeed as long as you open your eyes to the "How can we do this?" rather than "Is this possible or not?"
Thing about balance isn't that it's a luxury, as most people perceived it to be. It's a necessity in order to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Coming back to Fitness:
Problems with Fitness progress very rarely has got anything to do with fitness. In my conversations with clients, the topic tend to start off with the specific fitness challenges they face, but eventually take a turn into areas of their life they overlooked.
When someone is limited by either their beliefs, emotions, character, or knowledge about fitness, it's very difficult to make fitness sustainable.
So what do we do? Here are some tips:
- Believe that it IS possible to excel in any areas you choose to excel in your life. Without this ONE belief, nothing is possible.
- Look at the 8 areas I mentioned and see which areas are holding you back, and start questioning yourself. Ask yourself what are your beliefs about these specific areas? Are those beliefs empowering you, or are they doing you a disservice?
- Craft vivid visions of your life in all the 8 areas and start figuring out how to achieve them. It's not easy, but you need to start anyway so might as well start now.
I've said it before, and I'm saying it again: Get coaching
The fastest path to success is to model those who have come before you. Having a coach not only allows you to KNOW what to do, your coach also helps you to do it either be teaching you how to reduce the difficulty of what you need to do, or improve YOUR ability to handle doing what's needed.
Good coaching isn't forceful. Good coaching makes things easy. You feel better after each coaching than before, and there's no guilt-tripping, forcing, or telling you to do stuff you won't be willing to do.
Good coaching is the idea behind the foundation of HBCF. You don't need another meal plan, workout plan, or a "policeman" to keep you in check. We see the need in the market and hence we created this. And we want you to come here so that we can help you. This is as honest of a statement as I can make it, and I hope it hits.