A few years ago, I attended a four-day Tony Robbins seminar.  It was one of the most mind-altering things I’ve ever done.  Robbins had a way of influencing 10,000 willing participants to his philosophies.  

We danced, we laughed, we cried.  We walked across a path of burning coals in the parking lot at 2 am.  

One thing that stuck with me that Robbins said was to not “negotiate with your brain.”  

We do it all of the time.  

Have you ever felt really inspired at night to work out the next morning?  

You set your alarm an hour early, get your clothes ready, and know the exact routine you’re going to crush at the gym or the route you’re going to run. 

But when that alarm clock goes off in the morning, excuses start popping in your head. You feel sore, you might have the flu, anything you can talk yourself into being “true” so you can regain that extra hour of sleep. 

This is negotiating with your brain.  You already made the decision to workout and now your brain is coming in to change the plans.  

Don’t give in to these thoughts.  This takes discipline but is a muscle that you can strengthen over time. 

Just witness these thoughts and let them pass by like a car on the highway, rather than let them control you.

In most cases, we know what we need to do.  That isn’t the issue.  The issue is actually doing the thing.  

Next time you feel that Resistance, know that it’s just your brain negotiating with you. 

You can see my full write-up from the event here.

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