Overcome Being Negative!
It’s been a while… I have a lot going on and mostly I’ve been posting on my preggo blog about my workouts and stuff. Sorry for neglecting RX Girls!!
Anyway, this topic comes up a lot at the gym. Negative thoughts during difficult situations. Whether it be your workouts, your body image, or stressful events going on in your life, giving up power to something outside of your control is never a good thing. What IS a good thing is the fact that your actions and emotions are controlled by your thoughts. Learning to have more control over negative thinking, although it seems hard, really isn’t. All it takes is practice and willingness, really.
Example: “I’m too fat/weak/out of shape to do that”
If you continue to think that way you won’t get very far, obviously. SO – how about let’s start by making a list of 5 negative thoughts you have about yourself. Whatever they might be… “I hate my job” , “I wish I could ______”, “I hate my _____”, etc. Now for every one of those, write down THREE steps you can take to change those things for the better.
One trick I use with my workouts, for example, is refocusing my thoughts on something else. Running is a weakness of mine, so when I hit that wall during a workout where I feel like I need to stop because it’s burning, i’m hyperventilating, or something like that I refocus and tell myself to BREATHE. Refocusing my thought to something productive makes me forget about the stupid limiting crap.
Also, changing “I can’ts” to “I want to” is a good way to refocus thinking. If you always think you can’t do something it’s gonna be even harder to make it a reality. Instead, think of how you really would like to be able to do it, whatever “it” is, and come up with a strategy to get there. That’s how I first got my pull ups, handstand push ups, and PR on my lifting.
I’ll leave you with a few quotes:
“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how to respond to them.”
“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”
“Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.”
Stay positive people!!! … and stay tuned for a recipe next week!