we are powerful beyond measure
"Inaction breeds fear and doubt. Action breeds confidence and if you want to conquer fear, don't sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
I love this quote because it applies to so much of life. In our heads things often seem worse, because our thoughts can run away with themselves. Before we started VTV, I used to worry about so much of it - what will people think of our content? Will it work? Will we be able to pull it off? Who are we to try something so big?
If you've read our Facebook Timeline then you will have seen the journey that we have been on to get to where we are today - actually baby steps compared to where we want to be in 5 years time - but getting started was the most important part. And what was the most important thing we did all along the way? We acted on our plans. We all have good ideas, but how often do we act upon them? Just taking action can mean the difference between our current life and the new life that we dream of living. Which leads me to another favourite quote;
"Do or do not, there is no try"
Ultimately to make things happen in life we just have to start doing. Something we are very passionate about at VTV is that we don't have to change everything over night; we just need to make small steps in the right direction. Change one thing at a time, and it becomes a positive upward cycle and the momentum of those changes will carry us forward.
This is how all change starts. The London 2012 Olympic Games are upon us, and every athlete started in the same place; at the bottom, and had to work everyday to get to the top of their game - it's as true for Usain Bolt as it is for anyone else.
Did they ever have doubts that they would make it? You bet they did, and they most likely still do - but they acted anyway despite that doubt and anxiety.
The Olympics are exciting because they inspire us to get motivated to get fit and healthy. I know what I'm like, when I see the athletes performing I want to go out there and run, or swim or cycle myself.
Let's use the inspiration of the Olympics to get on a path to better health. Just get out there and start doing something - go for a run,do some exercises at home, start by cooking some simple, healthy meals or do some basic yoga postures - whatever it is you want to do, and whatever will help you on your journey to better, sustained health don't try, just do it (doesn't a rather famous sports company use that tagline€¦).
And thinking about why we want to get healthier will help to motivate us. Is it because we want to spend more time with our family in the garden? Because we want the energy to be able to put more intoour job so we can get that promotion? Maybe we're sick and tired of going to the doctors and would like to find another way - a healthier way. Whatever it is, we need to keep this goal in mind and think about it everyday - keeping focused will help us get to where we want to go.
We will all face challenges but staying focused on our goals and taking action, however small will keep us moving forwards.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
Our habits shape us. So the better the habits we adopt the better we can be. If we want to be fitter and healthier then it means we need to commit everyday to that and do something, even just one small thing, towards achieving that goal. Small steps in the right direction will get us there.
I'll leave you with a link to one of my favourite motivation videos on the internet. Whenever I start doubting myself, or feel defeated I put this on. if you liked Rocky, Coach Carter and Brad Pitt in Snatch, you will love it.
"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. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
(Poem by Marianne Williamson featured in Coach Carter and Invictus.)