Self-Talk, Habit, Results
You can talk yourself out of something just as easily as you can talk yourself into it. In the CrossFit gym, I’ve found that when I tell myself I have to stop I ALWAYS stop. When I tell myself that I’m going to keep going, I USUALLY keep going. Notice that I didn’t say always keep going. Obviously our bodies have limitations, our form falls to shambles, or maybe we can’t hit the standard, a wallball for example.
The way that we choose to talk to ourselves when the going gets rough is a trained habit. Day after day, year after year, we tell ourselves the same thing until it is our “natural reaction.” Often we’ll say that we can’t control the reaction. Before we know it, the way that we speak to ourselves becomes a part of who we are. We hold onto the wallball or we drop it the moment things get a little uncomfortable.
If you find that you speak down to yourself, the cool thing about this is that you can train yourself to think positively, to think optimistically, to think progressively in the same manner that got you to where you are at now. With self-awareness and recognition of each conversation in your head you can CHOOSE to speak to yourself in a way that talks you into things instead of out of them.
The next time you find yourself telling yourself negative comments or to stop working, RECOGNIZE and RESET. Reset with a deep breathe and then INTENTIONALLY tell yourself, outloud, something that is conducive to your goals. I can do it. I’m going to keep pushing. It hurts but I know I am strong and can push through. Saying it out loud takes the thoughts out of your head and makes them external. You will respond more effectively to this because not only are you saying it to yourself, you can hear yourself.
The topic of trained thought is covered in depth in a book I read about 10 years ago, Psycho Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz. It’s a great read. I recommend it if you’ve ever determined that you are your own worst enemy and if you are ready to quit passing the buck, blaming others, and you want to get out of your own way in pursuit of results. I hope that this week at the gym, everyone is rambling out loud about all of things they can do with their positive mindset!!!!