Developing Greatfulness

Developing Greatfulness


“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” – James E. Faust


Yes, I know this is cliche this time of year BUT I believe traditions can help us give pause to this crazy life and help us remember how we should live. What are you thankful for? You might ask what this has to do with fitness? Why is a gym owner writing about be grateful? It has a lot to do with fitness actually. We can not divide the mind from the body. What we do with one affects the other. Ever have a stressful day at work? Was it easy to get to your workout that day? And if you did get to the gym, was it a great training session? Probably not. What if your internal dialogue was positive and uplifting? Probably worked a lot harder in the gym. Developing that healthy internal dialogue is important to improving our fitness. I would actually argue that it is completely necessary. That without this mindset shift you cannot improve your fitness to its fullest potential. The mind and the body are that inextricably linked. Mindset will either hold you back or propel you forward in your fitness.

One way we can develop that positive internal dialogue is to create a thankfulness routine, a gratefulness habit. What’s the difference between thankfulness and gratefulness? Thankfulness is a feeling, the starting place for creating gratefulness, which is an action.

So try this next time you find yourself if a downward spiral.

Stop what you are doing
Slowly take 3 deep breaths
Speak out one thing you are thankful for.

You will have to be intentional about this. It will not happen by accident. Force yourself to speak out one thing you are thankful for. Can’t think of anything? It can be small. I believe that no matter the circumstance you can find something to thankful for. I don’t say this lightly. I know you some have been through some extremely difficult moments. But if you have breath in your lungs you can be thankful for this day, thankful for relationships, thankful for a moment, heck! thankful for your coffee! Follow these simple steps and see your mindset shift.

So, we know how thankfulness can help in a crisis, what about in our day to day non-crisis moments? Even there we can use gratefulness to grow. Remember, we start with thankfulness (feeling) and move to gratefulness (action). So what actions can we take to keep ourselves in a positive mindset? The key is that word…ACTION! We must DO something. Try this:

Daily, find one activity that you can do that allows you to move your body at low levels and that free’s up your mind. Think-hiking, walking the dog, riding a bike, gardening, cleaning your house.
Let your mind be quiet. No music right now. Feel all five senses.
Think about 3 things you are thankful for that day. Maybe a person you talked with who made you feel appreciated, maybe an experience you had that made you feel loved, maybe the warmth of your house that makes you feel secure.
Now, how can you help someone else feel that way? Could you write a coworker a note? How about smile and engage the server at a restaurant? How about sending a text to a loved one in your life?

Ready to get in the best shape of your life in 2019? Start by creating your thankfulness/gratefulness habits during this season!


Ella’s Story

Ella’s Story

This is why we set goals. I got the opportunity to do a goal review with Ella and John. Since Ella started 2 years ago she has lost 6.6% body fat. In those 2 years, she has had 2 pretty significant setbacks but she always keeps moving forward with a smile on her face. I always tell her she is one of the toughest people I know.
Beast Mode is not someone who can lift a lot of weights. It is someone who continually pushes through even when it’s not exciting or fun. Sometimes you’re just doing the work that your body will allow. At one point Ella was only able to walk for her workouts so she started doing 5 mile walks with a positive attitude and her awesome husband beside her. That’s Beast Mode!

“Hey Maci. I don’t know if Clint shared with you the results from my scan on Saturday. My lean muscle went up 1.8% since my last scan on 2/19/19. I did what you advised and upped my protein and have been drinking the shakes after each workout. Thank you! This is my 2 year anniversary post New You. This a pic of the first of New You and the 2nd during the SFCOpen19; wow. What a difference right. The people, and that photo is why I Love SFC and will continue to go even through my sternum issues.

Honestly before I started CF, I would never have considered myself as tough. I do now. I have learned a lot about myself, as well as getting stronger than I have ever been. Bonus; I got my sister in law and husband going, and Amanda (daughter) just told me she signed up online to restart coming tonight.😁

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