I experienced the reality of this statement when I was at a Tony Robbins event.
It was 7 am in the morning, and we had finished the previous night at around 1 am. Aside from being away from families, the lack of sleep didn’t help with the mood.
Staying in the funk was the choice that morning. Except, Tony had other plans.
The music started, and the “energisers” came on stage. Tony is a master at this. So it was unquestioned that he would let the room operate at this low energy state.
But changing everyone’s state of mind individually (there were 12,000 of us) was not possible.
He says “Emotion is created by motion. In other words, emotions are linked to movement in our bodies.”
All he needed to do that morning was to get us moving. And so, enter the dancers. The music went up, dancers moved in, and Tony got us off our seats.
As the music continued, we started moving with it. It lasted for around 15 minutes. High energy music, and coordinated dance moves. By the end of it, I felt like a new person.
My state of mind had shifted. I felt great. Energised. Creative. Perked up. Ready to face the day.
It was like an epiphany for me.
By changing my physiology, I could change the state of my mind.
And I always lived with the limiting belief that I had to “think” my way out of a low energy state. Or a bad mood.
Feelings follow behaviours and actions. Do it. Then feel its effect.
Move. Act. Then feel.
When you are feeling low or in a bad mood, stop what you’re doing.
Get up. And do an on the spot run. Jumping jacks. Dance. Run up and down the stairs.
Anything that gets your body moving, and your heart rate up.
Then get back to what you were doing with an energised state.