Positive Self Talk-Being your own cheerleader
How many times have you heard yourself have a conversation like this….
"I run (or bike or swim or all three) but I am slow".
Unfortunately how we speak about ourselves to others, becomes our inner dialogue. If you tell others that you are slow, over time you believe that you are slow…and maybe you get even slower than you were to start with. How do we fix this?
First, stop qualifying your athletics. You "just" run or bike or swim. There is no "just" about it. When you stop labeling your abilities to others, you open up the possibilities to yourself.
Second start being nice to yourself. Congratulate yourself on a job well done, did you just slay that workout in the computrainer studio? Did you have one of your best 5k’s ever? Then celebrate your victories, don’t compare them to other peoples achievements, and allow those other achievements to diminish what YOU have done.
Go in with a positive attitude. When you know a race or workout is going to be hard, acknowledge that and then say, “I am going to do the best that I can do”. If you think “I can’t” then you won’t.
Develop a mantra. When a workout or race starts to get tough, what are you going to tell yourself to keep going? You know yourself the best, what do you need to hear when all you want to do is stop? It can be short and sweet…like “shut up legs” or you can have a phrase “you are stronger than you think you are”. You need to decide what is going to get you past the pain to keep pushing.
Remember it isn’t bad to be proud of what you have done, we are proud of you…you should be proud too!