While training one of my favorite clients he said, “I use to be able to do that faster.” That prompted this post and I trust he'll read this. Stay away from the use to bees because it only leads you to shame, blame, and despair. Comparing yourself to a younger version of yourself creates the hive of use to bees.
We've all been there before. Looking at our current state of health and comparing it to the twenty or thirty-something that we use to be. That's the proverbial use to bee sting.
After the sting happens you then start to swell in the area of the stinger. That's the shame rushing through your body infecting your positive vibes. Then comes the shortness of breath, which is the blame for other people's toxic air and it's mixing with the allergy you have from the sting.
Let's take a second and talk about the conversation I had with my client. Then I'll treat you for the anaphylactic shock to the bee sting with an EpiPen (AKA give you three steps to stay away from the use to bees)…
I asked my client this question…
Have You Ever Been (Your Current Age) Before?
I'll spare him his age because of personal and professional reasons. But the message still applies. Have you ever been (for me 33 as I write this) before? Stay away from the use to bees takes practice and awareness. When it comes to life we only have one of them. We experience it in many different ways. Our bodies are different with each day that comes and goes.
We have never BEEN our age before and comparing today's mind, body, and spirit to 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago just isn't good practice. When I hear someone talk about the use to bees I always redirect them to their current age. Being 33 means that I've been on this earth for 33 years and have 73 years left. (Assuming I live until I'm 100) Comparing what I use to do isn't relevant to the current version of myself because of my experience and awareness. After reading Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza I've forever changed the trajectory of my life.
Also reading Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk and Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. Heck reading ANYTHING besides a textbook is leaps and bounds for me because when I was in my teens I HATED to read. Some may think that's “normal” but for me, I read out of necessity, not for learning. It's crazy to think that people go a lifetime not even realizing that they have a swarm of use to bees around them constantly. However, there are ways to getting rid of them.
At this point, I grab an EpiPen and stab it into your thigh (AKA wisdom that I've learned from the above sources.) Therefore, the proverbial symptoms of the use to bee will go away, for good.
Learning how to stay away from the use to bees is like other changes that I've helped my clients with.
1. Become aware and familiar with your self-awareness and self-talk. Catch yourself before finishing the phrase, that I hear WAY too often…
I use to bee (Sting) able to do that faster when I was younger.
I use to bee (Sting) stronger but now that I'm older it's harder.
Flexibility use to bee (Sting) my friend but age is the bully that knocked it out of my group.
2. Look for more positivity and grace. Postive people have a certain way of lifting people up in a way that spreads like wildfire. Also become aware of shame and blame. They are two bash brothers that like to gang up in your mind and beat down EVERY awesome thing there is to become the best you possible. Forgive yourself for what have or haven't done with/for yourself in the last how many ever years. Then surround yourself with people that elevate you or make you feel light. If they make you feel heavy, squash them like a bug. Or a Bee (However, not real Bee because they are VERY important to our ecosystem, just sayin).
3. Shut out off of the noise about what you're missing. Today's media likes to show us what we are missing. All the adds are geared towards this and when we allow ourselves to watch them they take us on a subconscious vacation. From there we start to think that being old is a problem. Having a small ache in our elbow means we have #OsteoSitOnTheCouchItis. Then the drug that they are saying will cure it has more side effects that outweigh the proverbial cure.
Those three steps will help you to stay away from the use to bees for good. Of course, there are more things a person can do, but let's start there. When you've mastered those email me at YGT@JedKobernusz.com and I'll give you more. Becuase changing too fast will only leave you worse off than before. Check out WOD #249 about the Biggest Loser Mentality Might Keep You From Losing. Thank you for forgiving yourself. Doesn't it feel good? And Don't you feel a massive weight lifted off your shoulder after getting rid of your use to bees? I sure do and loving each day like it's the BEST day of my life has served me very well.
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Stay Away From The Use To Bees | Workout Of The Day (WOD) #250
Warm-Up – 5 Minutes Cardio (At LEAST)
Reps: 20 (As Fast As You Can Go With GOOD Technique)
- Standing Heel Grab
- Bodyweight Deadlift
- Back Lunges
Cool Down – 5 Deep Breaths In Down Dog Pose
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