What your body can do depends on what your mind can conceive. It’s all like a camera. Whatever the lens captures, the film prints. Don’t expect a photo of something that was not captured by the lens.
The body can only come up with a potential that the mind can imagine. The mind is designed as a command center, and the body serves as production department. When the mind is strong, the body will obey. When the mind is creative, the body will create accordingly.
When the reverse happens, inability sets in. When the mind is weak and overwhelmed, the body takes over and commands the mind. Thus, at the slightest hint of difficulty and pain, the body will give up and tell the mind it can do no more.
The mind can do nothing except agree with the spoiled body, and quit. When the body doesn’t feel like doing anything—like, when you feel lazy and any excuse will do for not getting out of bed—and the mind is too weak to oppose that, you have a case of a body being atop the head. And from that abnormal scenario will flow an equally abnormal life. All issues in life will spread from that, and you will have a total wreck in your hands.
The head ought to be always on top of the body, and this means the body ought to obey the mind always. Many may ask, “What if the mind is also a wreck and commands the body to stay dormant?” This scenario is often mistaken as a lazy mind commanding the body into idleness. Many experts say a healthy mind actually always opts for a positive course of action, never inaction. When the mind seems to work otherwise, it is proof of a subverted mind controlled by a spoiled, pampered body. It thinks negatively and unproductively precisely because the body has taught and controlled it to be thus.
The mind can be strengthened by training it to make decisions the body will obey. If you adopt a life principle, make sure everything you do is based on it. The mind decides what is right and the body is given practical things to do in relation to it.
Once the mind decides something the body is unwilling to do, a tug-of-war starts. It is in such conflict that the body must be disciplined to succumb to the mind. If this is accomplished, the mind is strengthened and given authority over the body, which is trained to respond positively to such authority. The person becomes “highly principled.” As this goes on, the mind is promoted to heights never before imagined, and dares (and is encouraged) to go beyond limits, tugging the body along the way. The body does what it is told to do. So the body begins to outdo itself as the mind imagines it to be doing so.
When the head is put in its rightful place of authority over the body, limitless potentials break out of their hiding and release the ace champion in a person.
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