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.
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Out With The Old & In With The New - Time To Change Your Defaults
Experience tells us what to do and what not to do. Confidence allows us to do it or do the unthinkable with no regrets. When we don't have confidence we live in the spiral of our fears and those fears can take a negative toll on our lives. We need to take care of our personal welfare, which is a lot like spiritual warfare. We must stomp out negative forces in our lives. The secret to successfully doing this is to start by cleaning up unfinished business. This does not mean you need to go backwards and revisit bad relationships. The only relationship you need to re-look at is the one you have had with yourself. It may be time to take a hard look at your life choices. It's not a blame game...this is about you. Maybe you are guilty of making some poor decisions? Or despite knowing something you proceeded to do things that you knew risked consequences. We know when we have gone down the beaten path. Yet we seem to regret digging ourselves out of our very own piles. When we accomplish this, we feel we can conquer all and somehow we find ourselves swearing we will not go backwards again, but then like a rubber band we snap back to the insanity of the same old behavior.
So why do we complain, yet we choose to live in mediocrity? Excellence seems like a stretch outside of ourselves. We act as though we have no control over our lives and it is someone else's fault. We are much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. I am not sure why we dim the light inside of us and dare to shine and show how brilliant we truly are?Is it really safer? Is being "normal" or "socially acceptable" the way to create inner peace and happiness? We do our best to hide our darkness rather than embrace it. To allow others to see our flaws or imperfections and risk being transparent. Yet, isn't this also a way to build trust. Isn't this a way to expose ourselves to the world more freely vs being exposed by others? It is the light we crave and seek in our lives. The light that represents love, compassion & acceptance. Some of us hate to rock the boat and are not risk takers. Society keeps us suppressed and so can some relationships.
Many people do try to get help to find themselves and do use resources such as therapy, spiritual guidance, medications, books and yoga. But, if you are not actively changing your defaults and getting out of your comfort zones, then you can not expect things to look or feel different. You can not expect a better end result! What you need is inspiration or someone or something that resonates with you in a way that it hits a chord inside of you that says AHA, now I am inspired! This is what moves you. This is what sparks action!
It is the AHA moment something mystical shifts and you begin to let your light shine in a way that is even foreign to you or maybe the way you always dreamed of. If you don't experience this type of epiphany you will say, "AHA, I get it, but I'm not brave enough to take a step in a new direction". The trick is it has to make you tick in a different direction. It has to be soul felt. You have to relentlessly trust yourself, have faith and believe in the outcome in a way you never have before. This is the path to a focused confidence that drives you to your goals. If you continue on the same path life will pass you by. Do you want to hit old age humming the tune or do you want to continue to skip with joy and excitement for all that life continues to offer!
Why would anyone choose the insanity of doing the same thing over and over and not getting a different result. We all do because it's the easy way. It's comfortable and it's familiar. Rather than live a mundane life and keep basking in the emptiness of wishful thinking, see life as an experiment. Figure out what will and won't work for you. We stereotype, judge and expect things to look and be a certain way. Not everything fits in a box the way we had planned or expect. Learn to flow with the tides a bit and allow it to take form in ways that you may not have expected. You don't have to contain and control every aspect of yourself and others to live fully! In fact, that does the opposite. Narrow thinking stunts our perceptions and opportunities tremendously and shuts us off from things that actually could make us very happy and give us great faith in our lives. Things do work out even when they go an unexpected direction or come out a creative version of what we originally desired. Everything seems to be divinely orchestrated at times because when things are going in the right direction, life cooperates and their is an undeniable synergy.
Our lifestyle, the people in it, our bodies, our choices - OUR LIVES may be lead by higher powers, but overall it is your palette to paint, create, explore all the colorful things life has to offer. Quiet time can help you listen to what is going outside of you and observe without attachment what is going on around you. Try something new, something out of your comfort zone. We need to learn to pause, listen and then leap. At other times, we just have to leap because the voice has been shouting DO IT for so long that we have to stop being paralyzed by our fears and go for it!
Sitting in our own discomfort for some reason at times feels better than throwing yourself a life raft and going from fixation and feeling stuck, to flowing with joy and creativity! With the arrival of New Years, decide what you want this year to come around the bend? What would your life will look like if you had confidence without that one Achilles Heel schema that you holds you back. Uncensored it...it may mean doing something that requires a letting go. As you walk blindly into the void, remember these words by Helen Keller, "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." Trusting that voice inside your heart vs. your head on occasion as it whispers fate to you. Happy New Year!
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tock.... No time like now....