Everything starts with a mindset. I truly believe that mindset is everything. If you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything! The second key ingredient is believing in yourself. If those two are applied, well, don’t tell anyone but you will be unstoppable.
IF YOU SET YOUR MIND TO SOMETHING YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING!
I love fitness and I can’t imagine life without it. It’s not a chore for me, more like an addiction. The endorphins and happiness that come with it are enough for me to stick with it. Now, a lot of people will find an excuse to not be as active. You will hear that work, kids, other assignments are an obstacle. I totally understand, but for me, it only means you, your health and your happiness are not your priority. For many, it’s fine but not for me. I love my family, I love my fitness and my projects and I don’t want to give up anything. For example, when my daughter was born, I was told that it will take me a year to get back to shape and get my abs back. I thought to myself: “No way, I will make it happen faster” and before my daughter was one year old, I competed in three bikini competitions and got two PRO cards and won all three of them, getting two overalls! Do you see the pattern? I set my mind, I believed it can happen and I executed.
AS A WOMAN THAT WEARS MANY HATS AT ONCE, I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO FIND HAPPINESS IN THE THINGS WE DO. BALANCE YOUR LIFE AND DO WHAT MAKES YOU JOYFUL AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. TRUST ME.
I have been asked many times: “How do you do it while being a mom, wife and working full time?”.I simply say: “I don’t give up on myself”. I prioritize and make time for everything. Balance is a huge ingredient here. I make sure, I make time for my family as much as for my fitness. I don’t want to lose who I’m just because I’m a mom or a wife. I’m still the same person with dreams and big aspirations. I don’t let those titles define me. I push forward because I simply do not want to stop. I know I can achieve more and I refuse to be lazy. Besides, it is so exciting to be able to show my daughter the right path, a healthy lifestyle, and plant the seed when she is still little. Leading by example is the best way to do it because we don’t make them do anything, just showing the way.
You are probably thinking, well what can I do to start? How do I set my mind on the right path? What is my path? The only person who can answer those questions is you. Close your eyes and think what do you truly want? After you set your goal, create a plan that will be easy enough at the beginning to follow. Choose a fun activity to do, whether it is a gym workout, yoga, kickboxing class, or outside run. The possibilities are endless. You are the boss, choose what makes you happy. That is the key factor. I truly believe that if you choose what you love, you will most likely continue to repeat it until it’ll become your habit and in a long run develop a lifestyle. Engage your family and kids, in that way everyone will stay active but also connected. You will bond with your kids and moreover create a healthy environment for their future.
Jagoda “Yogi” Kocan
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