My nutrition Coach (Erik Ledin) just posted this on Facebook and it’s so good that I decided to post here for those of you that don’t follow his page. I find myself guilty of this once in a while and it’s a good reminder to stop that bad habit once and for all!
Negative Thinking – Stop it!
Do you ever stop and think about just how much we focus our energy on negative thoughts? I was thinking about this earlier today and even I often fall victim to this … in more than one area.
What is it about negative thinking that is so consuming? Mistakes and failures – who really sets out to waste time focusing on this stuff? I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say … no one. And yet, that’s what we often do. It never does anyone any good and in fact spending a lot of time focusing on negatives, past mistakes, failures, slip ups, etc. isn’t going to get you anywhere. Yes, I understand, easier said than done.
But think about it, you’re dieting hard, and when you stop and look at the big picture, things are probably going pretty well. Stop and take a look back at where you were two months ago (or whatever arbitrary time line that is relevant to you). Chances are, there’s a lot of positive changes that have occurred since then. Are you leaner? Lighter? Stronger? Have better cardiovascular fitness? Faster? More muscular? Or maybe the way you think about food has dramatically improved. Maybe you’re more in control of food (instead of food being in control of you) than ever before. Maybe those you no longer fall prey to the mindset that says “one cookie means you’re a complete failure so bring on the whole box”.
I guess my point in all this is to simply remind you to give yourself some credit for all the effort you put into living this lifestyle. It’s not easy. But it is rewarding. I’ve been told many a time that the self control and discipline that one develops in their fitness goals often spills over into other areas of their life as well.
As I often say, there’s a reason more people aren’t walking around with enviable physiques. It’s hard work. It takes long term dedication, self control and a real desire to ‘get there’.
You’re on your way to something most adults have been trying to achieve at some point in their life … and yet don’t. But you’re different because you’re already on your way.
So next time you slip up on your diet or miss a workout, look at the big picture. In the grand scheme of your fitness journey, it’s just not a big deal. Pick yourself back up, get back on the horse and don’t look back. Even once. It’s done, it’s over and it’s gone.
Don’t waste another minute thinking about the negative. Think about all the positive changes you’ve made and how far you’ve come from day one instead.
Now don’t misinterpret that (haha). I’m not giving you the green light to go off plan. I still want you to continue to raise the bar on the expectations you set for yourself. My point is simply to say that no one is perfect. Mistakes, slip ups, etc., happen. It doesn’t turn obvious success into failure.
And if you do find yourself to be one of those who is always focusing on the negatives, consider a ‘success journal’ where you write down your daily successes. It could be anything, even just winning the battle against an intense craving for the day. Before you know it, you’ll have a book full of positive reinforcement.