Two weeks ago, I was still on one of the peaceful Gili islands, not far from Bali, looking at the sea. I was looking around me and thought to myself: “I am living my dream!”
After spending a short week in Nepal – which was amazing – I am now working from Belgium while enjoying some time with my family. I totally love this lifestyle.
Just a few years ago, if I had to tell you what kind of life I wanted in the future, I would have pictured exactly what I am living right now. Being able to live as long as I want in beautiful places, getting back to Europe to see my family whenever I want for as long as I want, creating my own schedule and, most importantly, doing a job I love and making a difference in people’s life by helping them to do the exact same: regaining freedom over food and creating the life of their dreams.
You might not realise it right now, but recovering from disordered eating patterns has truly the power to change your whole life for the better.
But before explaining you why, let’s dive into a small 3-step exercise:
1. I want you to take a moment to think about the amount of energy and thoughts you spend everyday worrying about food, your body, your weight or the way people think about you.
2. Now think about what you could do and create if you were able to channel this energy towards a bigger goal. Not because you would fight these thoughts and worries efficiently but just because they would not be here anymore.
3. Imagine how effortless it would be to focus this power on something you really want, on something that would really make a difference in your life.
Chances are that you’ve now got a better idea about the time and energy you dedicate to your eating issues. And while I know recovery is not an overnight process and that you can’t free yourself up from all these thoughts like that, being aware of that, without judging yourself for that, is the first step to change.
This is called MINDFULNESS: noticing something without judgment and without being attached by the outcome.
There are millions of people who believe themselves ‘doomed’ to poverty and failure, because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control. You must resolve to throw off the influences of any unfortunate environment to build your own life.
- Napoleon Hill
The truth is that when we manage to free ourselves from something we thought beyond our own control, we stop blaming bad circumstances and realise that we actually have control over what’s possible for us. We start being more mindful about what we do, what we think and what we reproduce.
You actually have the power to influence and create your own reality by choosing what’s possible for you or not. This is why, when you manage to create a reality without eating issues for yourself, you start to realise that anything is possible.
Do you think Armstrong went to the moon thinking this was not possible?
Do you think Olympic athletes try to win the gold medal thinking they will loose anyway?
Of course not!
This is why it’s essential to adopt a positive mindset about your own life and eating patterns to start to shift things around. This is the starting point. Start being more mindful. Start to notice when your negative thinking is popping-up, observe without judging and get back to something more positive.
Once you start doing that, you’ll see that your mindset will automatically start to shift. Then you will realise, a few months, or a few years later that your whole life has actually changed and that all your dreams have come true
Recover from your eating disorder and you’ll get a life beyond your wildest dreams, I promise!
Have you noticed that being more mindful was allowing you to live a more peaceful life?
Have you experienced huge life changes? And if yes, what was the turning point?
Share your experience in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!