Updated: Aug 20, 2021
I am not asking how much your body weighs – that’s just rude! I’m asking about your mental weight. Do you feel completely weighed down by your fears, anxiety, or worry? I do. Or rather I used to. One of my superpowers was I could always find something to worry about. Sometimes I would find myself engulfed in worry, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that I felt uneasy about. Yeah, I know you’re jealous. 😉 Seriously, I don’t want to live like that, so I have trained to increase my mental fitness. Just like working out to increase your physical fitness, there are ways to build up your mental fitness.
Mental Fitness Your capacity to respond to life’s challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset.
I still feel anxious and fearful, but only for a few minutes. I snap myself out of it because I don’t want to feed those emotions. I move into focusing on feeling secure, confident, and humble in whatever circumstances I am in. A story I recently heard illustrates this point:
A Cherokee elder was teaching his children about life. "A terrible fight is going on inside of me. It is a fight between two wolves. One is the wolf of joy, love, hope, kindness, and compassion. The other is the wolf of fear, anger, cynicism, indifference, and greed. The same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too." His children thought about this for a moment, and then one asked, "Which wolf will win?" The elder replied, "Whichever one you feed.”
If you feel weighed down by negative emotions or you're feeding the wolf of fear and anger, let's talk about how you can build your mental fitness and move into a positive mindset quickly.