I like a good ‘body-swap’ film. That’s where two people exchange minds and end up in each other’s bodies like in the films Vice Versa, Big and Freaky Friday. Another angle on this concept was explored in Heaven can Wait, where Joe, a sportsman in his prime, died prematurely and was sent back to earth, but ended up in a different body. In this story, our hero dies and leaves his peak-condition sportsman’s physique behind and ends up in a new body, which happens to be completely out-of-shape. Now this is an interesting idea.
Joe wakes up in his new out-of-condition body and is aghast. He immediately starts setting about getting in shape. He eats well and trains with determination and soon gets his new body humming. Now what does this tell you? It’s who’s in charge of the body that makes all the difference, and not a slow metabolism or bad genes. The moral of this tale is that if you’ve got the right attitude you can look – and feel – fabulous, regardless of the genetics you’re working with (within reason of course). The point is it’s the driver of the body that’s important in what shape the body ends up.
Now, supposing Joe (lets assume that Joe is male or female accordingly) were to wake up in YOUR body. What would he make of it? Supposing you are of sound body and there is no medical reason why you can’t reach your peak potential, if Joe was in the driving-seat, what differences could he achieve? With the right attitude, and a healthy goal and plan to achieve it, could Joe sculpt a fabulous body using what you have? The answer is almost certainly YES. What comes into your mind? If you’re thinking of reasons why Joe couldn’t sculpt your body, the following are NOT valid reasons that would stop Joe achieving peak condition: Slow metabolism, Big bones, Demanding job; Busy life; Kids; Etc.
Take a moment to imagine what your body could be like if it was in tip-top condition. Close your eyes and picture yourself. Your body is lean and firm, you have toned muscles, maybe even a six-pack stomach, your skin is glowing, eyes sparkling, hair glossy and nails strong. Imagine admiring yourself in the mirror, and what you would FEEL like.
Now, suppose Joe returned your body to you and you’re now in charge yourself, of this fantastic new-you. You’re lean, toned and in peak condition – fab-u-lous – what would you do now?
Would you a) enjoy how your new body felt and looked, and then destroy it with an unhealthy lifestyle? Maybe eat too much, exercise too little, overdo the alcohol or pollute your system with toxins? Or would you b) look after your newly acquired fabulous body, feed it healthily and take healthy exercise?
Hmmm, makes you think doesn’t it?
The trick is to ‘step in’ to this ‘new you’ and behave as though it was a reality.
Do you eat chips, cake and biscuits, no you don’t, do you work-out, yes you do!
Use the image of the new you, to show your inner-self what you are aiming for. The more you can step into the new you, the more your inner self will come to believe it, and the easier it will be to act the new you. Persevere and reinforce the mental imagery at every opportunity, several times a day if you can, whenever you think about it, and can close your eyes for a few moments, to run the mental movie of the new you. Soon, you will be automatically making healthier choices and stepping towards making the new-you a reality.