Well, how big is your inner bastard? Let's be honest: The new year has only just begun. How many resolutions did you make? And which ones did you put aside and which ones are you still half-heartedly following through with, but will soon pass away? But just the will to do more for your health, to do more sport, is not enough. We'll show you how to feel good again and strut through life with ease like a shining firefly. Now say goodbye to your inner bastard!
Günter, your inner bastard
Do you know Günter? I'm sure I do. That's your inner bastard. Dr. Stefan FrädrichGünter, the coach and author of "Günter, the inner pig dog - an animal motivation book", affectionately christened him with this name. Günter lives in your head and protects you from all the evil in the world. In former times, when you were a child, Günter was still a piglet puppy. Back then, your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, your older siblings and teachers, friends and colleagues still fed Günter. "Take good care of your master," they said and told him again and again what was good and what was bad for you. Günter took all this to heart and always dutifully warned you when you wanted to do something you didn't know how to do yet. "That's dangerous," he would tell you, or "That will be difficult," he would warn you. And because Günter gave such good advice, he continued to get his food and over the years became a full-grown pig dog. Today he is fully grown and - under certain circumstances - has become big and fat and sluggish: a real pig dog.
"What could you do to make yourself feel better?"
"Are you healthy and living by your personal values?", Stefan asks you. Mens sana in corpore sano! It's Latin for "A healthy mind is in a healthy body!". "Because even the ancient Romans knew to value mental and physical health. How is your health? How is your body, how is your soul? Are you taking care of yourself and living healthy? Where does it pinch and why? What could you do to feel better?" writes the founder of Greator in his book.
Treat your body with care
"The inner bastard doesn't care about health. He loves laziness, fatty food, cola, alcohol and cigarettes. He detests fruit, salad and still water. Pig-dogs often still have the rules of life of the post-war generation in their heads, where fat was a sign of prosperity. BUT: Your body gets you through life. That's why you should treat it with care," recommends Stefan. Go to the doctor for a check-up and change everything that makes you sick. This has the added advantage that you will feel much better psychologically than a lazy, fat bastard could ever imagine.
Get rid of your inner bastard: What gives your life meaning?
What are your personal values? Do you believe in God, science, democracy, freedom, progress, your boss, your football club, astrology or psychoanalysis? Do you believe in yourself? What gives meaning to your life? Do you live by your values every day or do you have to bend all the time? What could you do to be more true to your values? What could you do to bring your health back to the forefront?
Our beliefs determine what we do
Maybe you've already had some initial ideas about what you could improve. If we believe in something, we want to be right about it. That's why Günter, the inner pig, automatically focuses on the arguments that support our views: "We only have to believe in something long enough for Günter to turn our opinion into a conviction. We eventually regard this as reality without questioning it further. So our beliefs eventually determine what we do: We steer clear of the meat counter, always bet on a Bayern victory, and become regular voters for the ruling party. At some point we do this automatically, without giving it a second thought. Now some miracles would have to happen for us to move away from our convictions," Stefan explains the phenomenon.
Comfort Zone = Boredom
Our whole everyday life takes place in our comfortable zone. We often spend years in our comfortable zone: the same apartment, the same supermarket, the same favorite restaurant, the same desk, the same work colleagues, the same circle of friends, the same hometown and the same salary. The longer we stay in our comfort zone, the higher the walls around it become. It becomes more and more difficult for us to learn new things - and at the same time we start to get bored. We don't notice this immediately, but gradually: we no longer feel like learning new things, our thinking becomes sluggish and when we look at photos from the past, we look more awake and alive on them. And the longer we stay in our comfortable zone, the more we shut ourselves off from life: from challenges and growth, from learning and having fun. A clear case: Günter is at work here!
How to be happier without your inner bastard
So, now it's time to get out! Leave your comfortable zone and look forward to something new. Make your life more colorful and richer. Become happier - by getting out and looking around. Decide to take care of your health. By doing something for yourself. You want to know how to do that?
- Just start by trying something every day.
- Besides the sport you can meet new people
- Order an unknown dish in the restaurant
- Take a different route to work
- Read a book on a foreign subject
- Go to another resort.
You'll soon see: Through the combination of everything - mental and physical exercise - you will feel a breath of fresh air inside you. You will soon learn to be open, awake and flexible. This will do you a lot of good and prepare Günter, the inner bastard, for further changes. You will discover a completely new willpower in yourself. With this energy you will enchant everyone around you! Look for allies who are just as keen as you are on:
- Change inside and outside
- a new flowering!
And then it's just: smile! Because your face shows the new you right away. Give everyone a smile. "Biofeedback lifts your spirits and others smile back, which in turn is contagious," Stefan knows. "If you stay friendly when you're in trouble, despite being in a bad mood, you'll get all the help you need." Hopefully we were able to help you a little with our tips.