Those of us who are in good shape usually work our butts off for it.
Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…same is true for all of them.
We’re also not mythical figures. I have happy times, disappointments, heartaches, fears, joy…just like everyone else.
The difference is, I operate from a base of security and peace within myself. I have learned to make my body an ally, not an enemy to be conquered.
I’m not going to run marathons, although I’m sure I could if it became a priority.
And I’m not going to be on the cover of a fitness magazine. There’s an interplay between genes and habits and the energy we emit that make up how a person will look. I don’t have the genes and don’t work hard enough to make Men’s Health.
But 95% of the time, I’ll match my energy with anyone else’s. I try and make it a habit to feel great and to treat my fellow human beings with the respect and regard we all deserve.
See, here’s where the fantasy meets the reality.
Fantasies are things we know will likely never come true, but we play the game anyway as a form of escapism. Lottery tickets. And many diet and exercise plans. Deep down, we know it’s not going to work. But we feed the fantasy.
I won’t sell that fantasy. I “grew up” in the marketing industry with a company that had a certain degree of hype, and painted a sometimes unrealistic picture. But at its core it also treated its customers with respect. It told the truth about the important stuff, which is, to quote Jim Rohn…
“For things to change, you have to change.”
And some people really did get life changing results.
The “fantasy” I’m selling, which really isn’t fantasy because it’s a genuine possibility, is confidence and competence. It’s a sense of wellness and wholeness.
It’s supported by a healthy self-respect. And moving past hurts from the past so we don’t have to drag our bad habits into the present.
And it’s supported by replacing bad habits with smart, healthy exercise, eating in ways that nourish our body and spirit. And being part of a community that holds each other accountable, but does so with love and honor.
The weight loss is a by-product of health. Not an end in and of itself.
And that’s why you get to keep the results, not lose them when you jump off the “miracle cure.”
If you are doing anything other than those things, you really are trying to live the fantasy.
And we know how that ends.
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