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Is it possible that we do all the right things when it comes to training and nutrition, stress reduction and getting enough sleep, and yet we still do not make the progress we thought we expected?
The mind is a very complex place, there are hundreds of billions of cells up there all working together to keep you upright, breathing, thinking, seeing, walking, keeping that heart beating, sweating if a little hot, basically controlling everything we do on a level that is hard to comprehend….
Often we at UCB will work with clients and friends that say straight away to us that they will never be a size 8 again, that they will never be that strong again, that they can’t eat a protein breakfast, that they can’t get results like that living in the City, that they can’t get results like that living out of the City, that they are too old, too young, too fat, too (add the excuse/self perception here).
When people hold on tightly to a sub-conscious self belief/perception then they usually are hard pressed to get rid of it. It’s the cannot attitude, instead of the can-do attitude!
In order for changes to happen we MUST start the process in the mind, if not we are self sabotaging ourselves from the get-go and we will not get the results that we desire, only the results that we expect.
Q: How many winners on a podium at the Olympics will be surprised that they are standing there?
A: None, they have all told themselves that it is their place and believed it all along!
“If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right either way!”
Step one of any fitness/fat loss/exercise program is to catch any negative thoughts when they come in your mind or in your speech and reverse them! They have no right to govern your positive results unless they are moving you towards them! It will take time, but step one is awareness, then get rid of them with; ‘I can!’
So if you find yourself saying to someone something with the word ‘can’t in it (that is negative and contrary to your goals), then stop yourself mid-sentance and correct the statement. It can often cause a whole conversation in itself when you do this (as long as they don’t think you’re a little crazy).
If you are thinking something negative, then re-correct the incorrect ‘can’t’ with a positive ‘can‘ out loud. When you hear yourself say the statement you affirm it in your mind. This positive reinforcement will change your mindset over time, if you are consistent with it!
World renowned sports performance coach Ian King was the person that first started pulling me up on negative self talk, at a time when I was not conscious of saying the occasional self defeating statement. Here’s what he has to say about the subject;
“You may be surprised to know that I place as much if not more importance on the psychology of these goals (mindset/goals of trainee) than training and nutrition. Quite simply I respect and endorse the belief that the mind is more powerful than the body. That the body creates, allows or disallows the physical result. Therefore the power of training and nutrition is undermined or dwarfed by the power of the mind. You can train and eat to get a certain result yet your success or failure will, in my mind have been influenced more by the conscious and sub-conscious decisions you make than the training and the diet.”
Ian King (One of the World’s top sports performance and strength coaches, including many Olympic Athletes over 8 Olympic Games)
Cheers Tom @ UCB