Monday, February 26, 2007

You can do it! Ways to minimize FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt)

When beginning to change your body, you can have all of the science in the world to back you up, but it all starts in your mind first.

A person must truly believe they can make the changes to achieve their goal. Belief is one of the most powerful predictors of change and success. If you really think you can do it, you will!

There are some strategies that can help you believe in yourself a little more:
  • Take baby steps: Making drastic changes all at once can seem overwhelming and unattainable. If you make modest goals and gradually increase them, you may have better success.
  • Visualization: World-class athletes often use visualization to enhance their performance. You don't have to be an Olympian for this to work. You can begin visualizing yourself working towards your goal. Eating right everyday, overcoming temptations. Being consistent in your workouts, making it to the gym everyday. You can visualize what it will be like once you've achieved your goal, being thinner and or stronger.
  • Schedule negativity: Self doubt and the accompanying thoughts that run through our minds often lead us to sabotaging our own success. It's difficult to just "stop the tape". By scheduling a specific time during the day (like from 8:30-9:00 am) to just let it happen, it will help you to deal with those thoughts without it interfering with your day or your success.
  • Flipping negatives into positives: Sometimes we can use those negative thoughts to help us get through a workout. When there are people in your lives that are less than supportive of your fitness goal, or there are people who don't think you can do it, use that anger to your benefit. Use it to do that last rep when your muscles are so tired and you want to quit. Use that anger to push through the last 10 minutes of your cardio when you just want to get off the machine. Think to yourself, "I'll show you! I am going to do it!" This type of anger management really works well.
By using the power of your mind, you can achieve so much more. There's a lot to be said about the lesson in the book, "The Little Engine That Could". If you think you can, you will!

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