Visualise Your Future Healthy Self

Reading Time: 3 minutes

We live in a world today where everything is available at our fingertips. Any cuisine we desire is just a few clicks and thirty minutes away. And any media entertainment we want to watch is available at a click, encouraging us to slouch on the sofa.

Be Intentional With What You Eat & How You Move

If we are not intentional with what we eat and how we exercise, it is easy to find yourself spiralling out of control. There are too many things out there vying for our attention, that the ability to control our own actions can be snatched from our grasp.

Coloured packets of processed food at the supermarket scream to be eaten. Ads on social media scream to be viewed. If you switch off your brain and succumb to the easy short term path, your future self will be harmed.

Your Future Self Investment

In these times of instant gratification, our brains have been rewired to expect immediate results from everything we do. The problem is, when it comes to your health, there are no quick fixes. There are no exercise and nutrition plans that can get you muscular and ripped in 28 days, no matter what fancy transformation ads you see.

It takes consistent application of basic rules over a period of time to see results. But when those results begin to roll in and you see the compounded results of your efforts, it becomes easier to continue on the right path, adding to the improvements in your health.

Every time you intentionally eat a protein nutrient rich meal of whole foods, or every time you move with intention at the gym or as you go about your day, this adds to the improvement of your future self, your older self.

Believe In A Strong Future

The human brain believes what we tell ourselves. If we believe we will be old and frail as we age, our bodies will move into that direction. But if we believe we will be strong as we age, and we intently work towards that every day through nutrition and movement, we tell our brain that our future self is strong. That our future self will be active and playing with our grandkids. 

A Chinese Proverb

A Chinese farmer gets a horse, which soon runs away. A Neighbour says “That’s bad news”. The farmer replies, “Good news, bad news, who can say?”

The horse comes back and brings another horse with him. Good news you might say.

The farmer gives the second horse to his son, who rides it, then is thrown and breaks his leg.

“So sorry for your bad news” says the concerned neighbour. “Good news or bad news, who can say?” the farmer replies.

In a week or so, the emperor’s men come and take every able bodied young man to fight in a war. The farmer’s son is spared.

You never know what is good news or bad news at the time it happens. Do not be so quick to judge. Because what you can initially think as bad news, can eventually become good news. Do not stress about things you cannot control in the moment, and do not allow yourself to be derailed from your long term goals with short term bad news (which might not turn out to be so bad).

Your Future Self Is Defined By How You Overcome Difficult Obstacles

The things you find the most difficult when you’re not seeing the results of your work, or when you’re frustrated and feel stuck, become the things which reward you the most as you push through those challenges. You must stay focused and should reframe each challenge as an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to improve yourself further and learn more.

Then when you make it to the other side of the obstacle into the unknown, you can  look back and see the rewards of your actions. The harder and darker the most difficult things are in your life, the more rewarding it is when the future comes and you can clearly see the results of your efforts.

Consistency in your eating and training habits compound to reward you in the future when you least expect it. Like when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and realise you look better than you can remember. Or when you can drop down at any moment and bang out ten clean pushups with minimal effort.

That’s the reward which comes with disciplined consistency. And that’s the reward which is always worth working towards. Because I can guarantee this; you will never become bored with feeling stronger and living longer.

Resources

Mind Pump 2234: How to add muscle after age 50. In this episode the boys talk about how to stay consistent when life is most difficult. While a listener asks if it’s too late to gain muscle over the age of 50 (clue; the answer is most definitely “no, it’s never too late”).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *