Overheard in the gym last week:
I suck at that movement
That WOD was the worst. I did so bad.
But I’m fat and slow.
I can’t do that.
I’m not fast.
I’m not very strong.
This workout looks impossible.
It’s too heavy.
I don’t want to do it.
It’s going to take me so long to finish this WOD.
For a community of positive people who are goal oriented and dedicated to improving themselves, we witness (and sometimes admittedly participate in) an astounding amount of negative talk in the gym.
You might think, “Well, that’s just things I say. But I don’t really mean them.” Beware….
“Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.”
What kind of person are you? The kind of person who focuses on the negative and lets themselves stagnate in mediocrity, or the type of person who approaches a tough situation with the knowledge that if they do their best, they will succeed and improve over time?
If you go into a workout with a negative outlook, you WILL have a bad time. The weights will feel too heavy. Your legs will feel too slow. Your lungs will burn. You will need to take lots of rest. If you modify to your level and push yourself a little harder when things get tough…if you lean into the obstacles rather than try to find an easy way around…you’ll find that you’ll be a happier person on the other side.
Negative SELF Talk:
Since we are NICE, albeit negative, people, we direct 99% of this talk INWARD to ourselves. I’ve heard things come out of your mouths that you would NEVER say to/about your friend or fellow gym members.
Every day, we tell ourselves, either in our heads or out loud, that we are not good enough.
Imagine raising a child and telling them that every day? Or having best friend and pointing out their weaknesses and never celebrating their strengths?
You treat yourself worse than you treat the people who are most important to you; but aren’t YOU the most important person in your life? You deserve more credit than you give yourself.
As people who are focused on improvement, we are all to ready to assume that we are not good or worthy at the moment. We discount all of the hard work and progress that has already been made to get to where we are, and we instead focus on the things we cannot yet do.
Why don’t we flip the switch and start a new habit? Approach each workout by thinking about your favorite part of it, the best way to approach and pace it, and with a success-based mindframe that allows us to succeed by simply giving our best effort.
CHALLENGE: Starting with TODAY’S WORKOUT, go ONE WEEK without negative talk. If you catch yourself saying something negative about the workout or your own abilities, drop and do 5 burpees or 10 cals on the Assault Bike on the spot.