In most fantasy or sci-fi movies, there’s a big epic battle between the forces of good and evil.
However, before that battle can happen, an even more important battle must take place: between the ears of the protagonist. Oftentimes our hero or heroine has an inner demon to slay before he or she can go slay the dragon/save the princess/galaxy/world.
There’s probably no more famous nerdy example than Luke Skywalker in the Cave on Dagobah:
A few other great examples:
- Link having to literally battle himself in the water temple of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- Neo finally accepting his fate/destiny as the One before he could defeat Agent Smith in the Matrix.
- Aragorn shunning his lineage as the heir of Isildur before taking his place as the King of Gondor to defeat the forces of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings.
Often life is no different: getting healthy, like most other things in our life, is more about fighting our inner battles than anything else – that voice that tells us to eat bad food, drink and smoke, avoid confrontation, or skip our workout. Even when we WANT to do something like asking someone to go on a date, we must overcome the fear of rejection and that internal voice of insecurity.
Last week on Nerd Fitness, we featured one of my favorite success stories ever. Maya lost over 70 pounds and went from “not good enough” to practicing aerialist. She said something I will never forget:
“I’m much more positive now, and much more likely to take an optimistic outlook on things. I still struggle sometimes with my inner demons – who doesn’t? – but I’m better equipped to fight them now.”
Today we’re going to win some inner battles to kick some ass on the outside as a result.