Most of us don’t realize just how big of an impact the conversations that go on inside our heads have on our daily lives.
In training for example, it can have such a profound effect that it could mean the difference between a bad day in training and a good workout. Seriously. Just think about it. When was the last time you had a bad day during one of your training sessions? Chances are, you were probably telling yourself at the time just how tired you were, or just how bad you felt.
Even if you don’t realize it, telling yourself that you don’t feel good will only make you feel worse.
The Habit of Positive Self-Talk
This is where thinking positive comes in. Given that how you talk to yourself plays a huge role in how you see yourself, constantly motivating yourself will only help you push forward and do better, both in life and while training.
But, to be honest, thinking positively is much easier said than done. If it were as simple as just telling you to do so, then we wouldn’t have much of a problem now, won’t we?
Learning how to talk to yourself the right way takes time, training and discipline. Repetition is key to training your inner self to saying the right things at all times.
Start off small, though. Case in point, whenever you hear yourself saying that you can’t do something, or that you feel weak, tired or that you’re not good enough, do a quick 180 and tell yourself that you’re strong, fit and capable. Make it a habit and soon enough, your body will start believing and doing.
It’s not enough to say positive things to yourself too. You actually have to make an effort to remove those negative thoughts of yours. Or at least, replace them with positive ones. Be aware of your negative thoughts and start changing the way you think as soon as they pop out.
Making It a Habit
How many repetitions did it take you to learn how to properly land a jab, or a jab-jab-straight combo? Hundreds? Thousands? Surely it took you some time. Thinking and talking to yourself positively isn’t something that comes overnight. The only way that it will stick with you is for you to keep on working at it EVERY DAY.
Of course, it won’t be easy. You’ll encounter a lot of resistance. After all, the human body is designed to fight change. The brain, in particular, is wired to think negatively. But, given time, drilling positive thoughts to yourself while training, or pretty much every day, will come as naturally as breathing.
Mind you, being positive and learning how to talk to yourself the right way won’t turn you into superman overnight. It’s also not about telling yourself a bunch of lies just to make yourself feel good. Rather, it’s a process that takes time and is all about encouraging yourself to push forward when things aren’t easy and to pick yourself up whenever you fall down.
By shifting your mindset from a negative to a positive mind, you’ll allow yourself to realize your true potential in training and give you enough motivation to push harder and achieve more than what you thought you possibly could.