Coach Ty here with another great tip from the Motiv8 Team. Sit back for a few minutes and let me help you on your journey to becoming a fitter, healthier, and a happier Motiv8er. =)
Ok, let's get started.
Motiv8ers, how is your Mov-ember challenge going? Did you get in your four workouts last week? Do you have your four workouts planned into your schedule for this week?
For some of you, getting four workouts in a week is a really hard endeavor. Why is that?
Because your daily habits and routines don't support the habit of you exercising that much each week.
You might say, "I am planning four workouts into my schedule but I just can't seem to get myself to do it!" "I'm following your advice from the last blog post about planning out each day before it happens, but I still find myself being unproductive."
If this is happening, then it is your mind and limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
Motiv8ers, today's post is all about CONQUERING THE NEGATIVE SELF TALK!
Attention and Focus
Crew, whatever you set your attention and focus to will improve. If you focus your attention on finances, they will improve. If you focus your attention on your health, it will improve. Whatever you focus on consistently over time will start to improve. This theory also holds true to our thoughts. Whatever thoughts you pay attention to will become your norm over time.
One problem so many of us have is focusing on thoughts about events in the future that haven't even happened yet. We create a whole story about what we think will happen and 85% of the time that story isn't fun and may cause a lot stress and anxiety. The event hasn't even happened yet and you are already a nervous wreck. This anxiety or stress may prevent you from showing up to a meeting, stop you from going to workout, or prevent you from starting that new healthy diet.
If your mind always focuses on the negative, you will start to produce more negativity!
And then your productivity begins to crash.
So how to you fight your negative self talk? Because for many of us, self talk has its claws dug in deep...
Motiv8ers, meditation is a tool that you need to have in your life. The mind is a powerful tool that you have at your finger tips, but if you don't spend time each day taking care of it, it will be your down fall.
What do I mean by this? Meditation isn't about calming the mind and finding your zen. It is more about learning how to manage your thoughts, recognizing the thoughts that help you, and how to let go of the thoughts that harm you. Have you ever heard of mindfulness? Being mindful of your thoughts allows you to take control of your thoughts, rather than letting your thoughts control you. Thoughts will always be in your mind, but meditation you can teach you how to stay focused on what is important and not allow negative thoughts to take control. Watch this one minute video to get a better perspective.
That is a different way of thinking about meditation, right? The goal is to observe your thoughts and let them pass you by. Don't follow the thoughts and get wrapped up in a story that you created that isn't even real yet. Just observe and then go back to the focusing on the task at hand. By doing this more, you will find yourself learning how to be happier, have better focus, treat others better, keep anger under control, and be a much more positive person. Pretty cool, right?
Let me give a quick example. Your focus is to make your morning workout. You plan it into your schedule and prep your clothes. Tomorrow morning comes and the alarm goes off. In that moment, once you wake up, you instantly think "This bed feels good," or "I can workout tomorrow, " or "Today is going to be hard, I need more rest," or "Ty is going to make me do burpees, I am staying home." Before you know it, you have created so many excuses of why you shouldn't go. Now it's past time to leave for the workout, so you decide to stay home. You got wrapped up in a story that you created and it wasn't even real yet. Later in the day, you're frustrated and angry at yourself for not going to your morning workout.
But a mindful mind would acknowledge those thoughts as just thoughts. A mindful mind would let those thoughts go and allow itself to come back to the main focus which was "to show up to their morning workout."
Sounds too easy to be true, right? Well, give it a try and find out for yourself.
All you need is just 5 to 10 minutes a day. Here is a tool to help you get started. I like to use a guided meditation program called HeadSpace. This app has a free version for any smartphone. The free version has ten 10-minute guided meditation sessions to help you get started. Trust me, it has helped me and is awesome. I use it almost every day. You only need ten minutes and a comfortable place to sit. Check out their website here. Finally, check out this video from HeadSpace to learn how to get started with meditation.
Motiv8ers, now that you have some HeadSpace, let go of all the bullshit going on in your head that is holding you back. Stop saying negative things to yourself and start taking action on the tasks that you know will improve your life.
Motiv8ers Stay EPIC and Don't Forget To Be AWESOME!!!
Coach Ty Out!