You know the dreaded line… “We need to talk.”
It’s the kind of thing you hope never to hear… from your boss, your better half, a parent, or anyone else who plays an important role in your life.
But what happens when it’s your body that’s delivering the “time to face facts” news flash? What do you do when it’s sending you the message - loud and clear – “My friend, you are about to lose your good situation here if things don’t change, pronto.”
Often, this “ultimatum meeting” shows up in the form of an unexpected illness, a health scare, an injury or that “oh no” moment when you suddenly realize you’re in deep kimchi.
So, why not have THE talk now, before your body forces you into it? Why not send your body the message that you don't want to lose it and ask, “What can I do, right now, to improve my relationship with you?”
If your body was your Boss the response might be…
(Remember, this is your body talking here...) First of all… be a professional. If you make an appointment to go the gym, treat me like a VIP. Don’t just pencil me in like a “maybe.” Then, if it turns out you can’t make it, reschedule our time together - don’t just drop me like a hot potato. We're never going to stay in business doing it that way.
As your body, I rely on you to get your projects done – cardio, strength training, and feeding me like you care... No, not everything you do for me is fun, but the real payoff is in the results. I mean, you do want the compensation, right? Well, then, do the work and do it well.
Don’t forget, I'm really the one who decides whether you stick around or not... and my intention is to keep you around for a long, long time. So, take care of business, will you? You don’t always have to be overjoyed about it, just be consistent and persistent, stay focused on your goals, and keep moving forward. Heck, you might even earn that bonus six-pack you’ve been waiting for.
If your body was your better half it might say…
I’d like more quality “alone” time with you - working out, maybe an occasional massage, or just some quiet time sitting and planning ways to take better care of me. You are so focused on your work, our family and your friends; sometimes it seems you'll never get around to me. Of course, I could keep trying to get your attention by making your pants a little tighter or bothering you with that sore shoulder… but it would be so much nicer if you could just start treating me better – listen a little closer to what I’m saying.
Every once in a while (every day actually) I’d like for you to buy me a decent meal. Eat some fresh veggies or some nice grilled fish or chicken. Skip the fancy sauces and double portions – I don’t need them and, besides, they make me feel awful afterwards.
Also, if you could, please try to make our private conversations a little kinder, a little softer, a little more uplifting. Honestly, I wouldn’t wish some of that mean self-chatter you've got going on, with even my worst enemy. Lighten up a little and don’t beat yourself up so much when things don’t go exactly as planned.
If your body was your parent it might say…
I’m your body and you know I just want you to be happy… BUT, I also want you to make me proud. When you take care of the important stuff, like eating right, exercising and getting enough rest, you walk taller, you accomplish more, you become a better leader, and your life is more meaningful and productive.
So, as your body I'm telling you to have fun, experience life, but be responsible and never forget, I’m here to support you. Remember... we’re in this together.
About the Author:
Dianne Orwig is a success coach, motivational speaker, fitness trainer, and founder of LivingFit Online™, a fitness program that has helped thousands of men and women completely transform their bodies and live healthier, happier lives though her less-is-better approach.
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