Monday, July 26, 2010

Is Your Head in the Game?

Just back from a run...the longest I've ever done.  I'm no Flo-Jo-well, nice manicure (thanks Angee), but certainly no track star!  To be honest, I've always hated running.  I felt that way because in grade school, I was younger than most of my classmates, and so slower; the last kid picked for sports teams, I never really felt like I excelled at athletics.  Because of this, I felt discouraged from trying harder, and just gave up.

Why am I telling you this?  Because I realized something while running today:  it's all in your head.  I thought I couldn't do better, so I couldn't.  Today, I thought I could, and I did.  Is it really that simple?  Is it possible to do something because you think you can, or because you want it really badly?  Yes.  I ran with my 11.5 year old golden retriever, and his head is in the game.  His body says "maybe", but his head says "YES!" 

How many times have you been exercising, and the voice inside your head says "ugh, I'm tired, let's stop", or "my legs are burning, I don't want to do any more"?  And if you are distracted from that negative self talk, are you able to get through it?  I bet so.

Herein lies the secret.  You can do it.  You can accomplish your goals.  Maybe you need to be in a class with the instructor cheering you on.  Or maybe the personal trainer keeps your head in the game and stops you from being distracted by your negative self talk.  Or a workout partner helps you get through the rough spots.  Whatever the trick for you, I assure you there IS a way for you to succeed.  Let's find it together!

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