The phrase is often associated with self discipline but in a negative way: the mind has control of the body and can overpower one’s body to accomplish things. It may work for a little while, but in the long run that is not sustainable.
Commercial market takes advantage of this false belief and profits from selling us the promised gizmos. They say, “you can do it with help from our products.” In reality, self discipline works if the motivation comes from within oneself. No real change will happen if the person does not want to change.
Stephen R. Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People phrased this way, “It is easy to say ‘NO’ when there is a deeper ‘YES’ burning within.” That deeper YES represents one’s values, beliefs, and true calling. Which comes from the alignment of the mind and body. Not external drivers.
Most of the time, our body knows, but we just fail to listen. We make excuse, overrule our body, and ultimately cause bad things to happen. I know this first hand from running marathons. If and when my body is not ready, it signals me with pains of some sorts. If I persist injury results.
So instead of mind over body, how about treating our mind and body as equal partners? And like all good partners, the mind should listen to the body to find that deeper YES.
What are your deeper YES’s?