Your EGO Wants You To Be Healthy.
Welcome to the first of many posts about getting to know your ego, and using the power of your ego for good and not evil!
Let’s begin with the understanding that EGO is not a dirty word. The ego has a job to do, and it will do it, whether you want it to or not. It is the job of the ego to keep you safe and alive, and part of keeping you alive is presenting well to the world. That being said the ego can get confused as what “safe” means. Some of us gain weight as a self-protective measurement. Creating distance between yourself and the world, or a negative situation. Creating a buffer zone or by making yourself so big, that you are physically larger than others.
It is the job of the ego to keep you safe and alive, and part of keeping you alive is presenting well to the world. That being said the ego can get confused as what “safe” means. Some of us gain weight as a self-protective measurement. Creating distance between yourself and the world, or a negative situation. Creating a buffer zone or by making yourself so big, that you are physically larger than others.
Another strategy is to maintain a healthy physique so as to say to the world, “You cannot eat me, I am too quick! Go choose someone slower!” The core need is the same: Survival. The end result is different.
Survival of the fittest is what I am getting at here! In nature predators assess their prey based on their physical weaknesses, even their perceived physical weaknesses. A scruffy coat may indicate health problems, which means easier prey! Lethargy means a shorter chase.
The ego has several core needs. One of those core needs is to look healthy. To look good. To present well to the world. It is a neural program every person is born with. If we look at the animal kingdom for understanding, the animals who have great muscle tone, a shiny coat, an energetic gait, survive better than the slower, less toned, scruffy coated ones. We, at our core, are still animals and are subject to the animalistic survival programming.
So how can we us ethe power of the ego for our own benefit?
You can use the power of the ego to assist you in reaching your goals. It may take some reprogramming, but you can do it. If you need help with the programming, email me! (NLP is awesome)
By creating a shift within the ego, within your survival trigger, you can choose for yourself, what you want it to be. This is powerful stuff. It is like creating a new outcome with the same old program. The program is going to run whether you want it to or not. But you get to choose what the outcome is. The choice gives you power.
Ways to reroute yourself.
- Visualize yourself at a healthy weight. I know it sounds fluffy, but your brain cannot think in negatives. So if you are visualizing yourself at your current weight, the brain is invested in maintaining the body image. You are also invested in not “losing” anything. It is hard to be positive about a negative outcome, so creating a positive visualisation will encourage your body to do what it naturally wants to do.
- Start thinking in terms of survival. Assess your survivability risk. If you do get on the treadmill or bike, some of the latest research shows that if you visualise a predator threat behind you, as you exercising, it kicks your body into gear. Your body believes it is true and so create chemistry that triggers the ego’s needs to survive and lose weight.
- Start paying attention to how you present yourself to the world. Dress for how you want to feel about yourself, healthy, strong, capable and alert. Do your hair everyday. In the animal kingdom, I can guarantee you, the one schlepping around in baggy, holey track pants and Ugg boots will be the first eaten!
- A lot of people who are overweight and obese don’t really pay attention to their body. In fact most cut their attention off at the head. Run your hands over your whole body each day. Every day. Reacquaint yourself with it. Feel your physical mass. You know deep down, without the mental diatribe, that your current state decreases your survivability. Love yourself into working on it. By drawing attention to your physical body, you invest more energy to keep it going. You are more aware of what you are putting into it and how you are moving it.
Your long term health and therefore survivability depends on your physical health and appearance. Deep down we all know this. It is a neural program. Use that program to your advantage.
These strategies are not about hating yourself, or punishing yourself for not being at the “survivor” stage. Your ego thinks what it is doing now, IS surviving. That is why it is so invested in maintaining the status quo. By creating this shift, you use the power of the ego to your advantage. Just like breathing is passive and requires no attention, so to does the programming of the ego. Subtle mindset shifts, coupled with a healthy food intake and movement routine guarantee you success without self-hate or punishment. Every time you work in alignment with the ego, it feels good.