The 8 Emotions of Exercise Part 5: Trust
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Hopefully by now, after reading the previous four parts to this series, you’ve got some great insight into understanding your emotions with regards to your exercise journey as well as other areas of your life. Today’s emotion is an interesting one because its not just something you feel, but something you do actively.
Emotion #5: Trust
Trust is a difficult thing to do these days. The world is full of deceitful people who are looking to take advantage of you. However, the truth is that its virtually impossible to function as a human being without it. For example, you trust that the bank will take care of your money, you trust your children’s teachers that they’ll provide them with quality education in a safe environment, and you trust that a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio is probably going to be pretty good. Imagine keeping your money safe at home, teaching your kids yourself with a curriculum you designed yourself, and making all your own movies just because you didn’t have any trust. Life would be much less convenient and much more stressful.
Trust as an emotion is different from the others I’ve mentioned because its highly active. Its something you can work on. Other concepts encompassed by trust include admiration, acceptance, tolerance, and faith.
Tom Bilyeu often says that human beings are the ultimate adaptation machines. I agree with him because of all the amazing stories of success I’ve read about people overcoming exceptionally difficult circumstances. Perhaps you’ve been put in a situation in which you thought success would be impossible, but somehow you dug deep within yourself for the motivation and strength to see it through to the end. Whether you trusted yourself or whether you trusted a higher power to get you there, there was that moment (or a series of moments) in which you needed a deep faith.
Think back on the memories you’ve had which required you to have this type of trust. Write down as many as you can. They may even include that inter-house event you did so well in as a teenager, or that crazy assignment deadline you made back when you were at university. Once you’ve done that, look at the list with pride. You did that and that and that. Maybe you had lots of help to achieve those things, but at the end of the day it was you who did them. That feeling of pride is a powerful tool which can help you cultivate confidence for the difficulties to come. Remember your wins because they fuel you with the trust to get over the inevitable hurdles that the future holds.
Trust the Process
You can’t reach your exercise goals unless you’re prepared to play the long game. There is no quick fix, and no guarantee that you won’t regress, but you are good enough. It’s a long and difficult journey, but you are good enough. You are going to struggle, and you are going to fail occasionally, but you are good enough. If you did the exercise I mentioned earlier and you wrote down the memories of all your triumphs, then you have evidence to suggest that you are good enough.
You may not be good enough to pull a truck or run the Comrades Marathon, but you’re good enough to start training and you’re good enough to persevere. If you can do just those two things, and you trust in the power of those two things, then you can reach your goals.
Remember that you don’t have to do it alone though. There are many who you can trust to help you, and we’re just an email or phone call away.
I trust that this article has been helpful to you as you grow in your exercise journey. If you have any questions or concerns about your emotions, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s set up a meeting to chat.
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