06 Nov That Power I Got
The past few months I’ve been pushing myself mentally more than I ever have before. Since we started with our t-shirt brand Wulterkens around February 2012, we’ve been so busy and focused on success and growth of the brand that we failed to acknowledge basic, but extremely important things, like our health. My partner and I both gained quite some weight due to our unhealthy lifestyle, with lots of stress, little sleep and no time for proper cooking.
And suddenly we just realized, that if we would jeopardize our health consistently, we will eventually not even be able to focus on the success and growth because we would be sick and fat. And of course, since we’re operating in the fashion industry, we do really want to look good!
So around mid-august, we started our Fitness journey with training and eating healthy unprocessed, freshly cooked veggies, lean meats and proteins, good carbs and fruit, 6 times a day. And lots of water! It took a lot of discipline, we really had to make the time, for the grocery shopping, cooking and training. We even set our alarm clock every 2 hours to make sure we don’t forget to eat.
For the first time, I started with Fitness, lifting heavy weights and kickboxing. It was all new to me, and in the beginning I thought fitness was really boring, until I finally got into it. I experienced the intensity at which you can push your mind and body and believe me, when training at THAT intensity, you don’t have a second to think of anything else, let alone be bored.
We really did our research on what to eat, and how to train and it’s working! We’re looking great, feeling great, much more energy and are much more productive. I really feel that my body is thankful for doing this.
I’m realizing while going through this journey that basically everything in life comes down to one thing: Mental Power. In the beginning it is so hard not to give in to sugar and bad carb cravings, but if you can manage your mind, eventually you train your mind into not needing any of it. I am so proud to have mastered this (It took me 2 months though, so be patient and stay strong!).
Another thing that has been happening a few times to both my partner and I has confirmed the power of the mind as well. While lifting weights, we mistakenly took a heavier weight than we thought it was. And while we could feel that it is very heavy, we had in our head ‘’this is 30 kg, I did this last week, so I should be able to do it now, I guess my body is just tired’’. But it actually was 50 kg. And still we were able to push ourselves to do the amount of reps that we wanted to do with 30 kg, while normally if we would be conscious of the weight being 50, we would probably not have been able to do half of the reps.
This means that it is extremely easy to trick and train your mind to be able to do amazing things. If your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it. While most people think with sports or lifting weights you have to be physically strong, it actually comes down to your mental strength. This mental power will allow you to break boundaries and thereby grow stronger both physically and mentally.
The power of my mind that I am getting to know during this fitness journey is astonishing. I am implementing this in every other aspect of my life, especially with work and it’s really making a lot of difference.
Henry Ford brought to life the saying ‘’Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right’’. This is so true. Say to yourself you can do it, and no matter what, you will, if you keep your focus and don’t give up. Say you can’t and you won’t. It’s as simple as that.
Lastly, I would like to share with you my personal affirmation:
‘’I am extremely powerful! Whatever I set my mind on having, I will have.
Whatever I decide to be, I will be. The evidence is all around me. I have taken the actions to create my current reality. And I have the power to change it into whatever I want it to be. With the choices I make, I am constantly fulfilling the vision I have for my life’’.
And so can you!
P.S. This pictures were taken exactly a month ago. I am wearing my own beautiful Wulterkens Signature Studded Sweater. ZARA ripped jeans & heels from LolaShoetique.
”And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high” – Ayrton Senna