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Movement is an Expression

MOVEMENT IS AN EXPRESSION

repost from Original Strength 06 Mar 2017 04:00 AM PST

You were made to move. That is now a given. But movement is not just a physical action; it’s not just moving your limbs or moving from one place to the other. Movement is expression. How you move is an expression of how you are.

Your movements paint a picture of you – on the inside. And pictures are worth a thousand words.  When you move you are communicating to others who you are or how you are. Yes, we often use words to tell stories, communicate ideas, to reveal secrets or to hide identities. But when you move you may be telling a different story than your words reveal. When you move, you may be communicating the authentic you.  Fatigue-BODYWISEBodywork

For example, have you ever noticed someone was angry, not by the words they spoke, but by the movements they made? Have you ever noticed someone was sad by how they walked? Have you ever had a friend tell you, “I’m fine,” yet their body was telling you, “I’m upset”? Movements can give a clue to one’s emotions. But they can also give you clues to one’s mental status.

Picture in your mind someone who walks rigidly, with excessive swaying in their spine, and labored breathing; not out of breath, but audible and visually up high in their chest. What mindset do you imagine that person to have? Do you imagine they are generally a positive person or a pessimist? Do you think they have more thoughts of joy or thoughts of gloom? Do you think they are able to mentally dissect and solve problems quickly or do you think issues overwhelm them?

Now, picture in your mind someone who walks gracefully. Their head is held up, they move smoothly, yet with strength. They have “swagger.” What mindset do you imagine this person to have? Do you think them to be a confident person or a fearful person? Do you imagine they celebrate challenges by conquering them or do you imagine they shrink from a fight?

Or, A child who skips and smiles. A child who cannot skip and therefore does not smile. Which child will run after life? Which child will shrink from life?

How you move can reveal who you are, but how you move can also help you become who you were meant to be. Are confident, strong people confident and strong because they choose to be or because they move well? Yes. Do your thoughts and emotions affect how you move or do your movements affect your thoughts and emotions? Yes.

Your mental health will greatly affect your body, but your physical health will greatly affect your soul. They are so intertwined it could be quite difficult to know which one comes first, the chicken or the egg? The body or the mind? Yes.

The point is, your mental health – your MENTAL STRENGTH – is tied to how you move. You were made to move WELL. And, you were made to be happy, confident, of sound mind, passionate, joyful, and expectant. You were made for a successful life.

Just as none of us were created to be physically weak, frail or fragile, none of us were made to be sad, depressed, fearful, apathetic, and hopeless. And because your mind and body are so well connected, restoring your body’s ability to optimally move can and will help restore your mind’s ability to become all you were meant to be and have.

Truly happy and confident people move well. And people who move well are truly more confident and happier than those who don’t move well.

Pressing RESET is more than physical restoration, it is also affects mental restoration, it helps one become.  It helps one express who they are, or who they were meant to be.

So, what is your body telling the world about you? What do you want it to tell the world? Write your story, express yourself. Move well, be well. Be well, move well. Yes.

Go Rogue in 2017

A reprint from Original Strength Posted: 02 Jan 2017 04:00 AM PST

“What will you become?” This has to be one of the most famous quotes from the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. And the funny thing is, it wasn’t even in the movie. It was, however, in every movie trailer released for Rogue One. In the trailers, this quote, and the scene it appears in, build wonderful anticipation of what is going to happen in the movie. It looks epic! In the movie, well, it didn’t make the final cut. Somewhere along the way, this scene was not good enough to make the final product. Which is a shame, because it was certainly good enough to sale the movie and build excitement. How could it not add to the movie? Right?

Sometimes things just don’t add up the way we think they should. Sometimes our own best efforts come up short and we just don’t make the cut. This can happen anywhere in life; with a sport tryout, a job interview, a romantic interest, a product we’ve created, an article we’ve written, or whatever. Sometimes we just fall short. And, like the quote referenced above, sometimes we are good enough for the minors, but we just don’t have what it takes for the majors – in someone’s eyes…

Has this happened to you? If it hasn’t, it will. So, what do you do when you miss the mark in someone else’s eyes? Do you accept their opinion or believe what they say? Or, do you reject their judgement and use it as a springboard for greatness?

You see, we have but a couple of choices when we come up short with others. We can take what they say and maybe settle for something we don’t want to have or settle for something we don’t want to believe; though we will, because after all, “I didn’t make the team.” Or, we can say “No. I’m going to achieve, xyz,” or, “I hear what you are saying, but I have something inside of me that I’m not willing to let go of. I believe in my ability to do this….”

How we face disappointment will determine our future. Disappointment can be a blessing if we learn to rise from it, and it can be a death sentence if we learn to accept it. For example, Michael Jordan was rejected and cut from the middle school basketball team. Yet, he became arguably the best basketball player to ever set foot on a court. Heck, he created Nike! Well, he certainly built Nike.

Look at Tom Brady. Most NFL teams didn’t want him – at all! He was not an impressive athlete. He was “too slow.” He was passed up by most teams, but good enough for one team to make the backup position. Yet Tom believed he was good enough. And Tom had a work ethic like no one else in the league. Today, he is sure to go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

What if these two guys had said, “Ok, I’m not good enough.” That would have been a tragic loss – for everyone.

2017 is here. You will face ups and downs, highs and lows. You will come across disappointments and disappointments will hunt you down. And when they do, you will have some tough choices to make. And the biggest choice, or the biggest question you must answer is, “What will you become?”

Don’t settle for what others think you to be. If you have something to give the world, if you know you have something to achieve or someone to become, keep your head up, your eyes on the horizon and keep moving towards your mark. Learn to use your disappointments as RESETs, not “game overs.” Go rogue. Give the world your greatness. Even if the world thinks you can’t.

Happy New Year!