Pushing Your Limits
10th May, 2013
Under pressure from her daughter, Miranda downloaded a running app, one of a series of fitness apps. Being in her fifties and barely finishing 2.5km each run, Miranda's attitude has been to do it while she still can. Logging her performance was in the past, when she ran thirty miles per week, almost thirty years ago. A running app is fine if you’re training for a half marathon, as was her daughter. Miranda's belief/story loop was quite convincing and she almost stuck to it. Then another internal voice interrupted the conversation. Give the app a test run.
After entering her name and a few other details into the app she set off, delighted to see 2.70 km logged on completion. Two days later, because of a bit of childlike excitement that her new app has a female voice that actually talks to her during the workout, she decided a shorter route would suffice – just to hear the voice. This is where it gets interesting. When the App Lady voice told Miranda the run on day two clocked a tiny bit more distance at 2.86 km, at a faster pace by a few seconds, her inner coach started a monologue. She chose the route, mistakenly thinking it was actually shorter than the run she did the day before, and had she known at the time, it might have stopped her finishing … you probably know the hypnotic dialogue that goes on in the head, talking the self into and out of whatever it is.
Meanwhile, App Lady was getting to feel like a friend, one who was deserving of a slightly longer run for day three. Though the heart was willing and kept a steady rhythm, the rest of Miranda's body was taking a beating. She assumed her longer run would probably be abbreviated, but App Lady clocked her at 3.24 km.
By day three, secretly elated by beating her own record and self imposed limits, Miranda started to see all kinds of possibilities for charity runs - 5k’s, 10k’s ½ marathons, triathlons – now steady on. Her story about what she thought was possible for her age, and whom might be more deserving than she of App Lady’s friendly voice, transformed, rearranging inner resources we all already have - for getting what we really want. That's the empowering power of hypnosis. When people push past perceived limitations, suddenly options of all kinds seem to present themselves. This is in no way a suggestion that all 50 + people get out there and start running. If exercise is new for you at any age, consult your doctor first. But you can get off your you- know-what now, and get your brain fit, pushing limits a little – with something you already know how to do - for a lot of change. What would it be like today, to reach a new level, of possibility for what you really want?
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