You are what you practice.
You are what you repeatedly do.
You are what you input.
You are what you output.
Frown all the time? That will begin to reflect in facial lines.
Smile a lot? That too. Which is preferable to your appearance?
How do you eat? Do you train – lift weight, bike, run? Your body will reflect that.
This doesn’t mean that because you lift weight, you’re going to look amazing. But you have the capacity to. What else do you do to support that? With what intensity?
My body is a direct manifestation of all the work I’ve done in moving it in and against gravity. I look exactly what I look like because of my daily practices, as well as my sleep, or lack thereof. There is a lot of time for experiments and improvement.
Is your intake of knowledge from social media and tv? I’m afraid your conversation skills may be lackluster. Your view of the world will be skewed to what you pepper it with. That’s simply the kind of seasoning you’re putting on the entree of your personality.
Our habits build us…not necessarily as an ever moving process, unless you set it up to be. We seek familiarity and comfort. Some of our habits serve us, and serve us well. They allow us to allocate mental and physical resources, as well as conscious energy towards other things so we don’t have to make a million decisions every day.
Other habits, well, not so much.
Destructive habits like sacrificing sleep to swiping your thumb up and and and up to mindlessly explore the never-ending feed of everyone else’s lives. Binging when you let stress win.
Lazy habits like eating out when you know you could easily make a healthier, more affordable option that will serve your “goals”.
Movement habits of slouching, of compensation or poor form when training. Always sitting in one position.
The first step is recognizing. Of acknowledgement. Awareness.
You can’t change what you don’t know.
Step outside yourself to check in. Try to view yourself from another angle when you’re in the moment, any moment. It’s hard not to use our perceptual filters, but its possible and necessary.
The inverse is true too. You are what you repeatedly DON’T do.
Try something different. What will best serve you so you can best serve the world? There is a chain reaction to life. Small ripples here move the waves on the shores of far off lands. How big do you want your waves?
PS – The inspiring Alexander Cortes had a wonderful connecting piece at the time of my editing that directly ties into this. Check it out here: 9 Ways to be a Healthier and Better Human in 2017
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