Thursday, August 13, 2009

If you think you can or you think you can't....

I was working out and I had a set of 10 box jumps at the end of my workout.I did the first set of these no problem, flew up and landed softly on the box. Then the second set I did one and my office manager came around the corner and said, "Show off! I couldn't jump to that box. I have a mental block."

I said to her- "It is completely in your head. You must be thinking that you can't do it so ofcourse you can't do it." Then I... with the thought of, "you must have been thinking that you can't do it..." in my head go to jump on the box and completely miss by not jumping high enough and practically tripping myself. My office manager thought is was hilarious but I thought it was such an amazing lesson that you have to have your mindest right when you head into a workout. If you have negative thoughts floating around in your head while you are working out, every rep you do you will not do as well as you can. Now it is obvious on a jump like this but it may not be so obvious on a lunge or a row but if your mind is not giving that movement 100% and doing everything to focus and lift as much with perfect form as you can you will be cheating yourself out of better results. Interesting isn't it?

I think it was Henry Ford who said, "If you think you can or you think you can't you are probably right..." So true!

So I want to challenge each of you to enter in to each workout with a focus and attitude of challenging yourself to see what CAN you do. Keep focused, positive thoughts in your head and get the most out of every rep leading to a more effective workout, more calories burned and faster results!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

You can only go up from here...

Do you ever think about the fact that where ever you are right now you will only improve, get better, make progress and move forward from there? It is a pretty exciting, motivating thought when you think about it. This, right now, is basically the worst it will ever be (which doesn't necessarily mean it is bad now)...

What is "it"?

"It" could be:
1. Your fitness and health
2. Your finances
3. Your career
4. Your business
5. Your relationships
6. Whatever it is in your life that you want to improve.

If you decide to improve and take forward action to do that you can guarantee yourself that this is the worst it will ever be, today right now and you are still living and breathing...

So instead of focusing on where you are today, focus on where you are going and that you will start now making forward progress toward where you want to go. You will start to move away from where you are now into a forward direction to fulfill your ultimate vision for yourself.

If you aren't happy with the way you look and feel, start making forward progress toward where you want to go and don't dwell on where you are today because by tomorrow you will already be one step closer to your goal. Infact, with your next meal or your next workout you will feel a little more empowered and confident that you can take steps to get to where you want to be.

Don't be a victim of circumstance but instead realize that you are in complete control. Decide what area in your life you want to make forward progress in and start today and move away from where you are right now with your actions.