Investors Ask Natalie.
I'm trying to get back into working out, yet every time I start exercising, I get injured. I know you're not a doctor, but do you have any idea what is going on here?
Dear Looking Good:
You're right, I'm not a doctor, so I won't even attempt to explain this in physiological terms. However, I do have an idea what is going on. And I want to let you know right off the bat that you are not alone in this. Anytime anyone makes a dramatic shift in their life, whether it is physical, fiscal, emotional, social, etc., everything within you that is accustomed to the status quo goes into stress, and that stress makes you more prone to injuries that stop the change dead in its tracks. Some people call this your lizard brain clinging to what it knows best because it fears any change. And this can be going on at a subconscious level, so that you really aren't even aware of it, until it shows up as an injury.
People who are starting to get physically fit are prone to twisting an ankle or pinching a nerve, while people who want to get fiscally fit may be subject to a scam or get rich quick scheme that bankrupts them. You are flexing muscles that have gone soft, and the habits (and sense memory) that are strong, powerful and dominant within you are tight and rigid. So, that which has been over-used will have to relinquish authority to those muscles, thoughts and brainwaves that have been underutilized, and need to be exercised and developed before they are strong enough to be your new default way of being (your good habit).
One other key consideration is that the amygdala (an almond sized piece of your middle brain) controls fight-or-flight responses, fear, anxiety and, also, pleasure. So, the more pleasure you can associate with the new behavior, the easier it is for you to relax into the powerful body/mind/spirit shift that must occur. As an example, when I wanted to stop smoking a number of years ago, I kissed my boyfriend every time I had the urge for a cigarette. It was so easy to quit! Far easier (and more fun) than a nicotine patch.
Similarly, most people have tremendous fear around money. So, at my Investor Educational Retreat, we do a lot of fun things outside of the boardroom learning, including the Billionaire Game™ on the Beach, the Fire Ritual™ at The Penthouse and the Artists @ The Ambrose artist salon. This is so that as you learn healthier fiscal habits, you also associate that new you with pleasure, which flushes your system with endorphins, and makes the entire process easier and the change more permanent.
If you acknowledge the presence of habit, and fuel the desired change with patience and pleasure, then the transition out of "what is" into "what is better" will go far more smoothly. Seek out the guidance, systems and support of successful experts in the field, who can help you design a fiscal/physical fitness plan that is right for you. (Remember: There are a lot of physical and fiscal fitness "experts" who may even be licensed, but are not necessarily the most sage counsel.)
It is painful to let go of the old and embrace and strengthen the new, unless you add endorphins. Give yourself happy pill hormones, and you will enjoy a much smoother (and more enriching) path to that healthier, wealthier, more beautiful you.
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