“Whether you think you CAN,
or you think you CAN’T,
– Henry Ford
I am a huge believer in self-talk. There’s nothing wrong with carrying on a dialogue with yourself. Self-talk can be a very power tool for your controlling your emotions and providing yourself with motivation. It’s a surefire way to boost your successes and minimize your failures. Positive self-talk can break down mental barriers and provide you with the confidence you need to overcome many obstacles. How can you apply positive self-talk to your health and fitness goals? It’s actually really easy.
Replace Negative with Positive
What if you got in the habit of telling yourself
- It’s too hard
- I’m out of shape
- It’s too heavy
What do you think would happen? Do you think that you would have any success with changing your health and fitness habits? Probably not. And the longer you fill your mind with the negative, the more apt you are to give up all together. The unfortunate thing about negative thoughts is that they seem to build on one another. One negative thought turns into two and so forth. Then it becomes really easy to lose focus of your goal and wallow in self pity and doubt. Instead of filling your head with rubbish that only serves to demean and degrade, lift yourself up with positive thoughts.
Change those negative thoughts to
It’s too hardI GOT THIS! I’m out of shapeI’m HEALTHY and LEAN! It’s too heavyI’m a BEAST!
Adopting positive thoughts will help keep you on the road to success and minimize your failures on the way towards your goal. One of the best ways to talk advantage of self-talk is to say them out loud. There’s something about saying things aloud that bears more weight than inner self-talk. I talk to myself all the time during my workouts and I find that when I do I am able to lift more weight, perform more reps, and push myself harder.
So next time when you mind tries to feed you garbage that hinders your goals take out the trash and replace those negative thoughts with positive, goal-driven, uplifting thoughts. And don’t forget to BRING IT and NEVER GIVE UP!