Michelle Johnson is an Team BeautyFit® Athlete, IFBB Bikini Pro, ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and Fitness Trainer who is recognized as a national level fitness authority, figure model, speaker and writer.
Her innovative workout programs have been implemented into some of the nation's leading health and fitness organizations. Her articles have been published by many leading industry magazines. She is an industry speaker on topics including weight management, wellness and group fitness.
All of her online services are available worldwide and some are managed in person.
Cultivate the Spirit of Play
It is when we play that we discover our personal passions. When we enjoy or see the value in something we naturally put more time and energy into it. Often what we started playing with or how we played lead to who we discovered we are today. There is no coincidence in what we enjoyed than and often what we do now. If we are not doing what we love there is effort to it. When we love what we do and it feels natural, it is effortless. It is play. It's being in the essence of who we truly are and are meant to be. It feels different. We thrive on it and there is no separation between our work and who we are outside of work. It's a part of the whole picture. It is our lifestyle. This is when we realize that the philosophy of "no pain, no gain" really doesn't apply to us. We aren't in pain doing what we love.
Even if what you love is fitness than living a fit lifestyle is an all-encompassing thing that you embrace. When we are in this place in our life, we have to be brave enough to let go of all that does not fit into it. We see the things that come our way and present themselves to us as possible struggles, more as welcomed challenges. They are not obstacles, but an essential part o our continued growth.
In order to overcome your inertia towards the things in your life, whether is a relationship, job or embarking on a new goal, you have to let go of what is blocking you. You have to look things square in the eyes and decide if it fits. Bring yourself back to "beginners mind" and like a child, explore what makes you happy. What makes you tick? What do you thrive on that makes you want to get to the next level of it?
We put so much attention on doing things right, doing things to please others rather than being who we really are. What if we let all this go and just began trying things as an experiment. When we take the plunge there is a sense of freedom and this is when we feel like we are truly living, if you feel sluggish in your life, you may find this reawakens you. If you have never been awakened than you may find that this is what you have been thirsting for.
The problem in life now is that we got a taste of instant gratification. We have become addicted to it. Sometimes, it is in all the little things we are doing that we are right where we are meant to be. Everything we are doing is meant to be in this moment. When you take this seriously, you stop judging things as not fitting or being a part of. You realize all of that is play, exploring and all leading to something greater.
Go back over all those jobs you held, people you met and look at it through a microscope. Do you now see how all the puzzle pieces fit? Can you see all the crazy stepping stones that you thought were useless. Call it experiences or playfulness, it doesn't matter, look how it has been a part of the map that got you to where you are today. If you are not happy with that picture, maybe it's time to start doing what feels more natural to you and that's what we all naturally know and that is the voice of our inner compass. If you aren't listening you may still be somewhere off the beaten path.
So what if you are not amazing at everything you do. Can't you find intrigue with things out of your comfort zone? What if you look at your struggles more as a part of the game of life? Another level of self-mastery! Remember, when you used to climb a tree and you wanted to climb even higher after you got to the first limb?
If you have lost your fearlessness and find that when you have to get out of your comfort zone that you tend to shut down, stop it! Just stop it and start going, "aha" here is my chance to play with where I stand with this. Maybe you will discover a new talent! Maybe you have a hidden gift you never knew about or maybe you won't be good at something and that's it is not your talent. A good example is my singing. My family has let me know, "that is not your talent!" It has now become a good giggle for us every time I try to improve my singing skills.
Why would we ever want to remain in a comfort zone? I already here your answers, The number one reason now a days is because we are busy and who has time to embark on something new that requires learning? If we had to learn something new, we would do it for the sake of our job, right? The issue is we want that talent or to be great at piano now, even though we have never played. We don't want to learn technique; we want to learn how to play a song.
It's when we go slower that we arrive sooner. "Technique before speed" is a famous saying and practice, practice and practice. We know we have to repeat something over and over to get really good at it unless we find we are great at it automatically. If you don't play you may not find out a whole lot about the artist within or the amazing transformation that you can have with your body, the yogi you are to become or the amazing parent.
Play is where you discover the magic of who you really are! Your life will unfold in a more powerful positive way because what you are doing is aligning yourself with the essence of who you are meant to be rather than whom you should be! Let go of outcomes, even with people, be more present, more in the zone with what you are doing and make some friends along the way!