What is the meaning of life? A ‘big question’ is the only way to respond to that. We are all put here on earth with a unique genetic potential or ability, and then we develop skills, traits and values based on our environment and those we surround ourselves with. Some of us have the privilege to choose our environment, and some of us do not.
Our unique set of values will determine what we will consciously put our time and efforts into. These values can change over the years, and often conflict or challenge those around us. From my experience, living in alignment with ones highest values is a life well lived. If you’re in a job, relationship or environment that isn’t aligned with and supportive of those values, you will be unable to live your life to your fullest potential. Values aren’t always what you ‘think’ they should be or what society or your parents project onto you. The Robards Method will help you recognise how health and fitness can support your highest values. I want you to align with your values and live a happy, healthy and inspired life.
There is so much pressure from society to conform, or act and look a certain way. I think it’s great to have idols; to aspire to follow in the footsteps of someone or be influenced by these footsteps and take your own path. It is more important than ever to choose carefully who you are motivated by and what you aspire to. Is this expectation realistic and achievable?
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about ‘fit shaming’ and ‘loving your body the way it is’. Where do we draw the line between being aspirational to our peers, and shaming them for not being good enough? Can you just all of a sudden love your body when you’ve been treating it like your worst enemy? Can you love a body that has been neglected and experiencing disease? I believe so, but can you actually ‘like’ it? I believe a body that has been neglected and abused is a little like someone who has done you wrong in life, in that you can have love for someone who has done you wrong, but it doesn’t mean you have to like them.
The same can exist for your body. Falling in love with your body and actually having a likeable relationship with it does not exist only when it’s ‘photoshoot’ ready. It exists when you realise that every cell in your body is doing its best job to cope with the physical, chemical and mental environment you’re exposing it to. It exists when you start treating your body like someone you adore or are falling in love with. Try speaking to yourself with admiration, love and respect. Make time for fun, don’t take yourself too seriously and smile, laugh and treat yourself. Create an environment that allows you to be healthy. If you treat your body with love and admiration, you will fall in love with your body no matter what shape or size. And odds are your body will start to resemble your healthy shape and size!
ONE THING I HAVE LEARNT IN LIFE IS:
I AM IN CONTROL OF MY PERCEPTIONS, DECISIONS AND ACTIONS IN MY LIFE.
No one else. If you are struggling with a situation that seems out of your control, the three things you can change are in the sentence above. To me, success is mastering those very things. Not how big my house is or how fast my car is but rather how well I can master my emotions and actions, and how many people I can help along the way.
For me, this all starts with loving all the parts of myself including those I perceive as negative. If there’s one concept you need to understand it is this: We are all born with a ‘recipe’ or genetic code. The ingredients and tools that sculpt the outcome are a result of the environment we are exposed to. Just like a cake, if you don’t give it a certain ingredient, the cake will never rise to its full potential. If the oven is too hot or we leave it in too long we risk a similar outcome. The same goes for our environment. Keep learning and use common sense about what our bodies need from our environment, and what we need to limit our exposure to. Find balance and allow our cells to do what they are designed to do: thrive and live to their fullest potential!