When the biggest lottery jackpot came out, I know you went out and bought one! So did I.
Well I didn't win, but what drew my attention was that when I scanned my tickets through the counter, it said 'Not a Winner'. For those of you familiar with NLP (neurolinguistic programming), we know that the brain tends to eliminate negative words (like NOT) from sentences, only allowing us to remember the rest of the sentence. When I scanned that ticket, all my brain saw was "You are a winner!" We need to be careful the language we use, even in reinforcing our healthy habits.
What self talk do you use when you begin a workout? What about after completing?
Do you talk yourself out of workouts? Maybe you downplay accomplishments? Whatever your negative disposition, it's worth stopping to think about the words we choose to motivate or talk ourselves into certain behaviors. Staying healthy takes confidence and we could all use a little more of that.
Below are Ruschelle's Top Five Confidence Affirmations while at the Gym
1. "At least I'm not the guy on the stepper"- Sometimes comparing ourselves to other can be helpful.
2. "Pretty good for someone under 5 feet tall" - Give yourself credit for overcoming obstacles.
3. "I've got to have something to brag about at work today" - Tell people your accomplishments.
4. "I can deadlift more than Anu" - Aside from possible injury, Ruschelle tries to overestimate how much weight she can lift. Many women underestimate their capacity, resulting in limited progress.
5. "I wonder how many pullups I can do today?" - Be curious about your capacity. Welcome surprises!
Most importantly, take things a little less seriously and enjoy yourself!Add a comment