How's your mindset on the weight room floor? Do you approach the dumbbell rack with doubts or are you 100% certain you can do this lift with everything you've got? Perhaps you fall somewhere in between?
We all have doubts. We all have a running commentary in our minds trying desperately to keep us out of trouble. What we decide to do with that inner voice is what I am talking about today...mindset.
What can often sound extremely negative is our inner voice telling us stay safe and to avoid change at all cost. It can be disheartening, however, when you have every intention of doing these pushups for example and your mind has other ideas about what you can actually do. You have done pushups aplenty in various forms and yet this doubt still lingers. Let's face it, that voice is not going anywhere because it's your mind creating the unwanted chatter. What can we do about it?
Actually, that's the awesome part about this blog. I'm going to tell you exactly what to do with that inner voice, so that you can get on with your best pushups ever.
The Steps to Deal with the Unwanted Inner Voice...
Listen - Yes, you heard right. Listen to that inner voice. There is probably something to that commentary. Don't ignore it but also don't take it for the truth. Your mind is throwing out every possible way this could go wrong. If you have a past injury, this will be amplified.
Check In - Get a feel for your current situation. Is there something physical that should prevent you from doing this exercise? Check in from head to toe. Just a quick sweep to see if anything is truly amiss or is it your chattering mind throwing out every possibility? No one knows your body better than you. If you find nothing wrong, you can safely push past that nagging voice.
Hop to it! Go do those pushups.
Celebrate! Go do the happy dance. You didn't skip your pushups. It's a good day. 💪😝
By listening to your inner voice, you are giving your intuition a chance to be heard. You are also honoring the possibility that there might actually be something wrong. Then once that green light is on, it's go time. No holding back. What is the point? Go kick some ass!
Going In With a Kickass Attitude
Walking into your workout with a positive attitude is also extremely helpful. If you don't actually feel that way yet, fake it till you make it. Get yourself a motivational mantra. If your goal of getting stronger and your confidence in accomplishing that goal are in conflict, it will hinder your success. I believe Henry Ford said "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." Go in with a can-do attitude. It will take you farther than you think.
I love to walk in to the gym having every confidence that I am going to kick some Kristy butt on the weight room floor. I know exactly what I am
heading in to do and I know it will be sweaty flipping fabulous! I put on my headphones (EDM playing), I put a crazy looking smile on my face, and hold my head high. I'm about to tear this thing down. Yup. Time to polish the guns.