Now we all know getting in shape can take a lot of physical effort. At the team we do a lot of Kettlebell Swinging, Battlerope Bashing & a whole host of body changing & fun routines. All this takes a hell of a lot of energy. which is great for your waistline, but much more than this, it also takes a whole lot of mental strength! Countless times I have heard new teammates say "I can't lift that it's too heavy!", " I can't make it up the hill, AGAIN!" etc... only to be, seconds later encourage, coaxed, or semi ahem forced to do it ;) either coached by myself or by one of the teammates.
Thus Proving, without a doubt, that the I can't thought was, Dead Wrong!
Now, that thought, the I can't attitude is one of the 8 mindsets that maybe sabotaging you're success. This mindset is known as the defeatist.
If left unchecked you maybe giving up way before you physically need.
At Best this results in burning less calories & not toning the muscles for a workout.
At Worst, You continually reinforce this negative self belief that "you can’t do it" and thus, never reach the potential in your workouts and deprive yourself of all the amazing benefits your body is capable of achieving.
No success leads to GIVING UP
BUT maybe it wasn't your fault?, it could just be the workout, the plan or maybe the instructor or coach!
hmm or maybe you've got caught in another mindset trap, din din durrr!
In psychobabble terms these mindset traps are known as a cognitive distortion and the defeatist is just one of them. There’s also ...
The Above (we’ll go through them all soon) are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves & sabotage our efforts to make lasting lifestyle changes.
In the Team & in the workouts, they will always have myself and the rest of guys telling you not to believe in that negative notion and prove to themselves they can-do it !
But its outside of the workouts & usually around food when knowing your mindset can be an important tool to improve your success
Just by reading this you can begin learning to correctly identify this kind of “stinkin’ thinkin’,” and you can then answer the negative thinking back, and refute it.
By refuting the negative thinking over and over again, it will slowly diminish overtime and be automatically replaced by more rational, balanced thinking.
Below, read through the 8 distortions on the first slide & how to refute them on the next. These 8 are particularly commonplace in the diet mindset and i first read about them in Lynn Rossey’s Phd book “The Mindful Based Eating Solution”.
Now you may recognise some of them in yourself or even all of them... Don’t worry we all think in these ways at times including me the coach of the team… ( download a FREE copy at the end of the blog)
Over the next few days Examine your thoughts and see which 3 come up more than often… from there challenge them with either the suggested responses or tailor the response to suit yourself.
To further help yourself, after you finished reading scroll to the bottom to download and print off the cut out the cards. Then place them close by.. Because half the problem is we don’t even realise that we are doing it!
Note: When you’re tired, lonely, sad, mad or otherwise distressed, you need to be on high alert for these negative thought patterns… Challenge the thoughts and try a little deep breathing to help balance your mood & remember, it won't always work & that’s normal... it’s a learning process...
( Here's the links to the descriptions sheet & reminder cut out cards)
Note: if you are on a mobile you'll need to view this on a laptop or tablet to download the links)