We are all our own worst enemy. We can talk ourselves out of something in the time it would probably take us to do it. This is where the quote “mind over matter” comes into play. Below are 3 different scenarios from your exercise trainer Portland, and how you can change it from a negative to a positive situation.
1. You tell yourself you can’t do it. Let’s say you’re running your first marathon, and your goal is to take zero walking breaks. However when your legs start to get tired, you tell yourself there’s no way you can finish this without walking. Chances are, your body is not as tired as your mind is letting on. Immediately eliminate those negative thoughts with your initial goal. “I can run the whole race, I will not walk.”
2. Friends or loved ones are sceptical. There’s a difference between wanting what’s best, and completely shooting down ideas without any thought. If you want to write a book, but your family reminds you of how hard papers were for you in school and that this will be near impossible. Tell them you understand their hesitation, but this is very important to you. Share with them how far you’ve come on your book and different ideas you have for it so they can see this is something you fully intend on completing.
3. You have competition. This is not the kind of competition that encourages you to be better. This is the rub in your face, I’m better than you competition. How do you stop this unhealthy situation from occuring? Congratulate your friend on their successes and only share yours when they ask. This will form more of an encouraging and supportive environment rather than a contest to determine who’s better.
Replace negative thoughts, actions, and words into positive ones for a happier, healthier life!