Just sit back and think about for a minute. Answer the following question:
If there was a metaphor that would best describe your relation to your health routine and habits, what would it be?
Coming up with an answer?
In the German language, there’s a metaphor that describe some people’s understanding about the whole issue: “Sport is murder” (German: Sport ist Mord).
Metaphors are a great way to symbolise the representation of one’s values and beliefs, both internally as well as externally. As Anthony Robbins says in Awaken The Giant Within, “A whole set of rules, ideas, and preconceived notions accompany any metaphor you adopt”. In other words, they have a significant impact on one’s decision-makings, thinking and how one feels and does unconsciously.
So if one says “Sport is murder”, do you believe this person is passionate about a healthy life balance, regular exercising and having a swolemate (gym buddy) who pushes the person to hit the gym at 6am in the morning? Likely not.
So what does your metaphor represent?
Your body is the only place you will never leave
I never understood why people would literally throw out their money for quick-fix solutions to problems that they could prevent in the first place. Coming from a background where I was obese and faced bullying, racism and harassment, both online and in the real world, I know what it means to deal with an intense stress-level. It literally put me into hospital.
I realised shortly that a lack of knowledge and strategic marketing campaigns by the health industry have resulted into the belief that one can make quick-fixes to health and diet issues while not doing anything. That is, start exercising regularly, changing eating habits, being more mindful what/when/where to eat.
Since then I’ve made it to my highest priority and promised myself to do anything to treat my body with the respect and treatment it deserves and to be a role model for other people.
To me, my body is a holy temple, a sacred place that needs to be treated with respect and the cleanliness it deserves to bring me to the next level and where I can feel comfortable and save at all times.
If you think you don’t need to take care of your body, then maybe it’s time to change your global beliefs and your metaphor.
If you want to build high, make sure you have a strong foundation
Maybe there needs to be another picture to illustrate the importance to question your habits and your routines: Imagine you are an architect and you want to build the highest tower that the world has never seen before. What would be your primary concern at the beginning?
When you want to build the highest tower in the world, you ought to make sure to have a strong foundation. A foundation that can resists to almost anything that can happen, and yet, your tower would still stand strong as nothing occurred.
But what does it mean to you and your daily life?
Physical well-being is crucial. Guess what happens if you don’t feel well? Do you think you can achieve a high-performance at your workplace? You are more likely to be less productive at work. Nobody has won any awards for just showing up or to do overwork and neglect to take care of his or her physical well-being.
If you are a frequent traveller, like me, or just think you will never be able to make some minor changes regarding your daily habits, check out my video where I share some of my tips from my experiences of more than four years.