Back in my former life when I was in the show biz world and landed my first onscreen role in a cheesy MTV teenage soap opera I was dead scared. I really had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING. Up until then all I had done was theatrical productions so asking me to “hit my mark” was just as effective as asking me to speak fluid Mandarin.
As I drove up to LA for the first day of shooting I made the decision in my mind to pretend like I knew everything that everyone was going to ask me to do. I was going to act AS IF I had done countless tapings and that this was just another one. Same ol, same ol.
I really had no idea how effective this game of make believe would be until the final day of shooting when the director approached me and asked what other television shows I had been in (just goes to show you how important that resume is). I decided to be completely honest and told him that this was my very first on camera experience and I had only been in musicals up until then. He was shocked and said he would had never guessed it and then asked how I figured everything out. I told him I just acted as if I had done everything all before. He LOVED that.
You gotta fake it until you make it.
Yes, it is an over used phrase but there really is something to this.
I cannot tell you how many new clients tell me some version of the following:
“I am so out of shape. I have no core. I wish I could be in shape like I was back when I was younger. I hate getting old. Everything hurts all the time and it is so hard to workout. I really don’t like to exercise at all”
Can we say self-fulfilling prophecy??
If there is one thing I took away from my acting career is that if I acted and believed I knew what I was doing and believed I was who I thought I was, I would ALWAYS do better no matter what the situation.
So with that said, how do you approach your exercise program? Do these thoughts sound familiar?
“I am so out of shape. Why am I doing this? I am never going to be able to do push-ups. I have a non-existent core. This is impossible. This is never going to get easier.”
If yes, don’t worry you are not alone. And chances are that during a workout with this tape playing endlessly in your head you are constantly looking at the clock, you feel tired and can only focus on how much your muscles hurt, ect.
If this sounds like you, my challenge to you is this:
ACT AS IF
Act as if you are already in the best shape of your life. Act as if you are the healthiest version of you. Act as if the workout is easy. Act like you have ALREADY reached your fitness goals. And now what would you say to yourself? How would approach your workouts?
If you were already in the shape you want to be in, how would you act? What would you do differently? What tapes would you hear in your head not only during your workout but all day long?
I challenge you over this long weekend to ACT AS IF and you will discover the person that you are longing to be is already in you.
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality”