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Monday, November 23, 2009

Motivational Mondays: Coach Dayne

FYI: I'll be MIA for the next several days due to a busy holiday schedule. See you next week and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The other day I was contacted via a comment left on my blog. It was from 'Coach' Dayne over at Coach Your Mind... and I'm so glad he got in touch with me. I took a look at his site and highly, HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone. Whether you're trying to lose weight, start a business, or even if you want to join the circus (hey, joining the circus can be someone's dream) - if you have goals, you need to read this blog. Coach Dayne - he's called 'coach' because he's a life coach - talks about how to "overcome barriers that hold us back from performing to our maximum potential".

Don't worry, he's not trying to sell anything, but his posts can relate to any part of our lives - health related or not! Here's part of his most recent post, which made me almost tear up because it hit so close to home:
"I learned to walk towards the good, rather than away from the bad."
-Andre Agassi
(Talking about his escape from Crystal Meth.)

Very often, we attempt to quit something by focusing on "stopping" what we're doing, instead of concentrating on the future replacement. It's instinct to think we must "try to lose weight," or "stop smoking," rather than saying "I want to become healthier..." When we focus our minds on what we don't want, we make ourselves think more about what we don't want... perpetuating the negative cycle. What do we want?

Agassi has recently admitted to being incredibly unhappy throughout most of his life, resulting in drug use and divorce. When asked how he overcame this Meth. habit, he said it was all about focusing on what he wanted, rather than the things that were making him unhappy. He eventually learned to "walk towards something," rather than fighting the negatives that were making him miserable.
How true is that, right?

I've been in a pretty bad slump for the last month and the only things I thought about were why I wasn't hitting the gym or why I wasn't eating right or why I wasn't losing weight. Instead, I should have shifted my focus on my ultimate goal: getting healthier! Nevermind all the things I did or didn't do. By "walking towards" my health goal I could have used all the mistakes I've made and turned them into opportunities. But instead I constantly focused on the negative and it just kept dragging me down.

Since reading this post by Coach Dayne, nutrition and exercise have been ON POINT! Sure it's only been three days back on track, but that's three days more than I've done over the last month!

5 comments:

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Thanks for the extra dose of mojo this morning. Well done.

Christine said...

Thanks for posting this rec. I needed a dose of life coach this week!!!

Dayne Gingrich said...

WOW!!! WHAT CAN POSSIBLY SAY?

Thank you sooo much for such kind words, Annie. I'm floored and humbled by this post. You just made my Monday morn.

I've been so impressed by your blog, and the obvious passion you bring to us all. It's easy to focus on the "I can't" and the "I wish I had..." isn't it?

Great job on your new healthier lifestyle!

Again, thank you! thank you!

Dayne

-Maura said...

Annie - thanks for such a timely post. Right before the holidays I think it's super important to focus on the positive aspects of making healthy choices vs thinking about the second slice of pecan pie you've told yourself you can't have. The latter victimizes you, the former empowers you. Thanks for the reminder (and thanks to Coach Dayne too)

Sunny said...

Great post, and something to always keep in mind!