Every second or third day I go for a run. It’s about a 30-45 minute run that pushes me hard and gets the heart pumping like crazy. Yesterday as I went for this run I became conscious of my thoughts and had a really interesting light-bulb moment and I want to share this with you today.
In fact, I was so excited by this that I had to create a video to share with you and explain my insights in more detail.
Check out the video below to learn how your thoughts can motivate you or destroy you.
Essentially, as I was running and started to feel physically exhausted, I became conscious that I was saying some statements in my head to keep me moving forward. I was saying things like “don’t stop” and “don’t give up”.
However, as I was saying these statements and trying to keep myself moving forward, I realised that I was saying these statements with a negative connotation and as a result I was focusing on the words “stop” and “give up”. By saying these statements, I was saying to myself and admitting to myself that I was struggling. I was saying these statements because there was a reason for me to stop or to give up, why else would I say them? I was hurting.
I decided to do a quick experiment on myself and change my thoughts. Instead of saying the statements “don’t stop” and “don’t give up”, I started saying statements like “I love running”, “keep going”, “this is feeling great” and “my reward for this is going to be fantastic”.
The simple act of changing my thoughts and mental statements completely changed my energy levels.
I started to feel more positive about the whole experience and as a result, my energy level and my motivation to keep on going went up a notch.
It got me thinking. How can something as simple as this be affecting other areas of my life? Where else in my life am I using language that is potentially prohibiting me from achieving success?
Statements such as “it’s too hard”, “I can’t be bothered” and “I’m not good enough” came up a few times.
So I decided to rewrite these statements, similar to how I changed my thoughts while running.
Some general examples are below:
|Negative Statement||Positive Statements|
|“It’s too hard”||“This is easy.”
“Other people have done it.”
|“I can’t be bothered”||“I’m excited to do this.”
“This will massively improve my life.”
“I can’t wait to do this!”
|“I’m not good enough”||“I’m good enough.”
“Of course I can do this.”
“I’m great at this.”
Download this template so you can rewrite your thoughts.
How is this applied in your life?
Now, thinking about your own life, what statements do you say or what thoughts do you have that could potentially be prohibiting you from achieving success?
There’s not long until 2014 and I want to make sure you’re well equipped for success in the New Year to make it your best year yet. So download the template now and you can quickly and easily print it off to change your own thoughts and change your life.
Make sure you watch the video above to hear in more detail my experience with these thoughts as I was running.
I’d love to hear your experiences and how you have adopted this in to your life. Please share in the comments!