Reflecting on Life in Lakes Park in Fort Myers - A Powerful Practice for Creating & Maintaining a Positive Psychology - Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Some people think that a strong body is the biggest strongest asset we have.
I beg to differ.
You can have the strongest body, the healthiest heart or the biggest biceps BUT if you don’t have a strong mind, you will fall short every time.
If you want to make positive changes in your life, your fitness and/or take your training to the next level, you need to think about training your brain.
Training the brain does not involve any Jedi mind tricks. It does however require a desire to change, the right beliefs and a solid plan of action.
First, decide what’s holding you back?
Decide what needs to change. What about your subconscious is holding you back? The idea of success? Self-worth or a lack of belief that you deserve to be successful? Lack of skills? Do you need to learn a new skill to compete at a higher level?
Determine exactly what needs to be changed and set a new course of brainpower action.
Next, make note of your mental negatives and reframe your stinkin’ thinking and self-talk.
The messages we send ourselves have a far greater impact on our health and performance than any amount of training.
It was Henry Ford who famously said:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right.”
Ford was emphasizing how important the messages we tell ourselves are as they ultimately become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Make a conscious effort to renew your new thoughts daily.
Write them down and post them somewhere you’ll see them each day. It takes time and effort to re-pattern our thought processes. Making your goal more than just a one-time declaration will help keep you accountable and force your brain to take on this new thought.
The more you engage the brain in this new patterned thinking, the more you go over these new positive messages, the more your subconscious will believe them to be true and therefore your plan of action will be different.
The steps you take towards your goal will be driven by the fact that you have begun to see and know you will continue to see success.
Finally, don’t be afraid to embrace failure.
It was Thomas Edison who said:
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
It is never shortcomings or failures that keep people from realizing their dreams; it's what they decide to do after they have fallen.
Never let what you THINK you can’t do get in the way of what you CAN do.
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