It’s All Mental

Misfit Strength & Conditioning | MisfitStrength.com | Byron Godfrey, Owner

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

-Blair Hill

The mind is every thing: It produces your everyday emotions, sends electrical impulses to contract muscles allowing you to move while processing this image from lines to words you can comprehend. Every aspect of life is mental; from the obvious reading a book to working out. Waking up in the morning with a positive outlook on the day is the first step towards creating one full of uplifting thoughts and actions. Likewise when you wake up with a negative attitude your day will be just the opposite.

The same goes for workouts, always enter with a positive outlook, do not dwell in the negative emotions that are stirred when you begin to focus on things you do not want. These thoughts will cause you to have a bad workout, negatively affect your da, and if you’re not careful it can lead to injury. Fortunately, there are many ways to help combat these negative attitudes, below are a few examples.

 

MUSIC

Music is powerful tool to use to help your mood. Maybe what you’re listening to isn’t always uplifting but maybe it’s the right tune to help turn that negative attitude into a positive attitude. Sometimes it’s blasting music on the way to the gym, or putting on your headphones and getting lost while warming up. Whatever the case music is a great tool to boost your mentality. For example; I am lifter, I love to go the gym and just hit the weights but I hate cardio. For years I always saw cardio as a punishment, until I started listening to music while running. Now I enjoy a good jog, I create playlists on my iPhone head out and run for the duration of the playlist.  Sometimes I get excited to go run just to listen to my playlist.

NEW GEAR

Maybe it’s a new pair of shoes or a shirt, sometimes a fresh change of wardrobe can help boost your self-confidence and give you that positive outlook. I had a client who was just going through the motions for a year, come in do the workout and leave. He never wanted to be there and always had a negative attitude. A few months ago he bought a new pair of shoes, some shirts and shorts now he wants to come in and workout. He has a stronger since of purpose and positive attitude. Even better he is improving on everything he is working on.

GOALS

Everyone has goals; they help drive us to the next level and get us out of bed every day. Fitness goals are very important, when met the sense of accomplishment can’t be topped. Even in failure to achieve them goals reveal valuable insight that can lead to strength of character gained.  Post your goals somewhere clearly visible. Seeing that goal every day will help fuel your purpose with certainty and determination to conquer it. When a goal is not met re-evaluate it, maybe you didn’t work hard enough or were heading towards that goal in a wrong direction.   Sometimes making little goals leading up to your main goal will help. When a goal is not reached do not develop that attitude that you’re not good enough, if you conceive it you can achieve it. Always believe in yourself and great things will happen.

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