Even though it was just last week that I found myself talking about the mind, I feel compelled to talk about it again. Which is representative of the fact that I talk about the mind and in particular mindset most days.
I don't think it is possible to overestimate just how big a part mindset can play in our day-to-day lives.
The words that we say to ourselves and to one another can be so powerful in a positive or negative way that we should all practice. Practice speaking with kindness and positivity not only to those around us but to ourselves.
The power of words is linked so closely to how we live our lives and performance. For example, if I set an exercise up and have put more weight on the bar, sometimes people will say "I can't do it". At this point, the set will be delayed because, if you start by saying to yourself that you can't do something you are dramatically reducing your chances of doing it. Of course there are exceptions to this rule but it can have a massive impact on performance and success. Trying something with the belief that you can do it is an extremely powerful, give it a go and see what happens.
I'm sure we have all seen rugby players like Jonny Wilkinson and Colin Farrell, getting ready to kick the ball at goal. They look from the ball, to where they want it to go, they use visualisation techniques and they see themselves scoring. Seeing yourself achieve something is very powerful, as is seeing yourself not be able to do something.
Don't let it stop you.
If you believe that you can't do something, how often do you attempt to do those things? Not often I'm betting, because the mind will protect you from things that it considers not safe, such as doing something "you can't do". So if you are trying to do something, start out by saying to yourself that you can, even if you don't truly know you can yet.
It would be great for you can try and add more positivity into your daily activities and workouts and see if you notice any difference in the outcomes.
Start every day by saying "today is going to be a great day!" Making such a positive affirmation to begin your day will increase your likelihood of having one.
Have a wonderful day!
Vicki is a Personal Trainer, and Online Coach with the aim of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals via training and habit building for a healthier lifestyle, for life.