Our minds are so powerful. When you harness the power of your mind it can push you to achieving your goals but if you get it wrong, you might find yourself crumbling in a workout rut. It all comes down to how you train it. Yes, that’s right, your mind needs training just as much as your body.
Have you ever lost motivation or felt as though you’ve hit a plateau? Perhaps you dug yourself into a hole, lost sight of your fitness goals and gave up. It’s so easy to fall into the trap but the good news is that just a small change in your mindset and the way you think about your workouts can make a big difference to your results.
Developing a strong mindset isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes practice and dedicated effort but trust me it’s so worth it.
Think of it this way. If you walk into the gym wishing you were in bed then you’re likely to find your workout much tougher than if you walked in with a positive outlook, focussed on having fun and improving your fitness.
The same thing is true even when you’re not working out. If you hold on to limiting beliefs about your body and level of fitness you’ll make it much more difficult to achieve your goals. Never think to yourself “I will never have visible abs” or “I will never be able to do a push up”. Instead, try to adopt an open mindset that is willing to accept that you’re on a journey and that you’re getting closer to your goals each day.
There’s a great quote that sums this up perfectly;
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.
This is 100% true, your mindset is such a powerful tool and you can use to your advantage to power up your health.
So, how can you switch to a more positive mindset? It doesn’t have to be difficult, you just have to be willing to put a little bit of effort into changing the way you think.
Try this self awareness exercise to get you started.
Recognizing when your ‘inner-critic’ is doing all the talking
Over the next few days try to be more aware of your thoughts and when you notice yourself thinking negatively, take note of these negative thoughts in a diary.
Next, review the internal negative conversation and ask yourself the following;
“Would I speak to my best friends like this”? If the answer is no, then it’s probably not a healthy conversation to be having with yourself.
Next, try to reverse the negative thought by placing it into a positive context. For example, you could replace the “I can’t” with “I can”. If your negative mind says, “I don’t want to workout today, I’ll never get a lean body” then your positive mind says “every time I workout I’m one step closer to reaching my goal.”
My message is simple. Next time you catch yourself thinking negative, self-defeating thoughts make sure you catch yourself out and replace those negative feelings with positive alternatives. The more you do this, the better you will become at noticing your feelings so that eventually you default to a positive mindset rather than a negative one.
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