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Every week, we come into contact with new people that enter our lives. These people can be introduced into your life as clients, friends, customers, co-workers, love interests, and even family you’ve never met before. One thing that we all possess is a real self, which is the person that we are currently living as. However, we all also possess an ideal self, that person we wish or aim to become. This is something I studied in great detail my junior year at Hendrix College in Dr. Dana Leighton’s Social Cognition course when I wrote this research paper discussing The Salience of Guilt, Self-Blame and Hopelessness.
A fully functioning person, according to Carl Rogers, a humanistic psychologist, is one who is possesss these five characteristics:
Open to experience: both positive and negative emotions accepted. Negative feelings are not denied, but worked through.
Existential living: being able to live and fully appreciate the present, allowing themselves to experience life, not always looking back to the past or forward to the future.
Trust feelings: decisions made ourselves due to feeling, instincts and gut-reactions are paid attention to and trusted.
Creativity: not playing safe all the time, taking risks and thinking creatively, including the ability to adjust and change and seek new experiences.
Fulfilled life: happy and satisfied with one’s life, yet looking for new challenges and experiences.
Such a person also exists when the individual is able to accept that our selves are not in congruent (the real self is not full equivalent to the the ideal self), and is patient and understanding with themselves in working towards becoming as such. But what happens when the individuals does not accept the gap between the real self and the ideal self is most frequently mental illness, such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. This is something that I dedicated a significant amount of my time to research. In fact, I intend to continue to pursue research and turn my paper (referred to at the top of the page) into a fully comprehensible book on what this all means. It’s something that I am very passionate about.
What they think.
What I hope you possess.
Please take the 30 minutes it may require to really read through this information and digest it. Something as fundamental as this is a big reason why there is disconnect in our society. So many people don’t believe they are capable of ever becoming their ideal self, and therefore revoke their ability to be fully functioning people contributing to society. Similarly, most people witness the impediments faced by such a person and are unable to put their egos aside. They can’t understand that the person they see can’t just set aside their concerns and instantaneously become the person they wish to be. The concept of patience is simple, but hardly practiced.
Just a tidbit to take with you as you embark on new journeys. Have a marvelous weekend!
Isometric training is highly encouraged by many professionals, as it provides a safer environment for your joints as far as preventing injury and really tuning into how certain areas of the body are feeling during the given exercise. I imagine you have all heard of the exercise called “the plank”! The entire world turned it into a trend called “planking” and a Beijing, China police officer held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second earlier this month. The plank is an isometric exercise requiring the use of almost every muscle in the human body.
Isometric exercises keep the muscles at the same (iso-) length (-metric) as it is performed. “Isometrics of submaximal intensity find application in injury rehab. Injuries to bones or ligaments or some other structure of the joint can benefit from strengthening the musculature around the joint.”(1) By performing isometric exercises, your body will gain strength in the most important areas of the muscle that will attribute to greater success in other disciplines, including bodybuilding, dance, cycling, martial arts, gymnastics, running and many, many others!
Holding an isometric contraction or even a slowly performed exercise (such as a 4 count chest press) will recruit more blood and oxygen to the area(s) of the body being utilized. A plank gets the entire body warm, whereas a push-up hold may burn the triceps and a squat hold or wall sit may burn your butt! Most of my clients have experienced the overflowing joy that runneth over when holding a wall sit then going straight into burpees or jump squats. Using this format for your exercise routines will provide the most benefit in the shortest amount of time. Now if you are training for an endurance event, isometrics will help in preventing injury during prolonged use! So it’s great for everybody!
I found myself working out WAY too hard and tearing my body up to where it just hurt all the time. It didn’t hurt from muscle soreness, but from muscle damage that was never getting the reparation time it needed. So I pulled back and focused on yoga to tune back into my body. As you embark on your health and fitness journey, take the time to listen to your body and see if it needs your special attention in any area and perform some isometric exercises and stretches for some TLC. I always have at least one day a week that I pull back for yoga amidst my kick-butt training for my figure competition in October.
Below you will find the awesome article I cited about the importance of isometric exercises, the video marking the Guinness World Record holder in China, as well as my link to learn about exogenous ketones help with the free radicals that take over the body with excessive metabolic damage. All of these resources will help you learn what YOUR body needs and tailor it to YOUR needs. If you need anything, please holler! (Use a megaphone if you need to!)
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Today’s a day of action-planning, of introversion. What the heck do I want from my life?
Here’s a few things I’ve come up with for the remainder of 2016:
have open dialogue and a deeper relationship with God
create change in people’s lives (both physically and mentally)
help clients reach a new personal best every time I meet with them
educate clients on the importance of nutrition for mind and body
influence non-clients to want to learn more about exercise and nutrition
attend at least 4 seminars/conferences to gain knowledge in my field(s) of work
compete in a figure contest and place 1st
observe/intern at a prosthetics lab to work my way to grad school
upgrade my 2007 Kawasaki 650R for another sportsbike (make/model to be decided)
drive my 1969 Jeepster Commando through all kinds of scenery
become more financially stable with income and expenses
make a social life for myself (interactions outside of those with my pups)
record at least one song of voice and guitar as a Christmas gift
have more contact with family and friends outside of Austin
Take an hour one day to sit down and write down some short-term (6-12 month) goals. Every week, take 30 minutes to go over your list, see where you’re putting the effort and make sure you’re doing something weekly to work towards all of those goals. Some goals might take more persistence than others… Budget your time. Make sure you have your priorities in line. Yes, this is the only life you’ve got.
Don’t find yourself looking back every December asking yourself “What did I do this year?” and having your response be a blank stare on your face with bags under your eyes because all you’ve done is work, work, work and not pursue YOU!
Here are a few great links to help you work on those characteristics that are essential to deciding, working towards, and obtaining your life goals:
Instead of dragging your feet, make every step purposefully. Instead of waiting, go out and put your dreams in the palm of your hand. Instead of falling victim to setbacks, use them as a diving board to jump deeper into what you want in your life.
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