Do you speak to yourself the same way you speak to your friends? Or do you look in the mirror and say things like, “I am so lazy. I am so fat. I should be doing more,” etc. If so, according to research, you join the majority of people. We can be hard on ourselves, but are often unaware of how these thoughts are affecting us.
Your self-talk creates your reality. Think about it. You walk into the gym and the thoughts running through your head are, “I’m so fat. I don’t want to be here. This won’t accomplish anything.” Do you really think you’re going to want to hop on a treadmill and run a couple of miles? No. Now think about the alternative. You walk into the gym thinking, “I feel good. This will help me achieve my goals. I’m ready to do this. I know I can do this.” This is a winning mindset and it will push you to do what you need to do for your body. Research shows that when you “coach yourself” you will work harder during your workout and get better results.
It takes time to create the habit of positive self-talk. Any time you catch yourself saying something negative such as, “I can’t, I’m tired; this isn’t worth it,” make yourself change it to the positive. Treat yourself like you would your best friend. You would be encouraging and supportive. Tell yourself you can do this! Put post-it notes around your house to inspire and motivate yourself. Write your personal positive affirmations and repeat them throughout the day. Over time and with practice, your thoughts will shift and you will be able to set and reach amazing goals.
Bottom Line: Talk to yourself like you would your best friend and be the best coach you can. You got this!
Written by: Kelsey Bird, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern