Is it really all in Your Head?
It has been said that 80% of everything is psychology! (Tony Robbins) But is this really true? Is most of it really in our heads? Who knows! What I do believe it that without any doubt what we think about and how we think about it makes a massive difference to the results we get in any area of our lives.
When it comes to working out your mindset and how you approach the workout makes an enormous difference to how well you perform and therefore the results you get. Here are 3 examples I’ve experienced of how much a change in mindset can make a huge difference to someone’s performance.
Two of my clients have recently got together and done a couple of 2on1 sessions together. They are both great very switched on and focused people and have trained with me for some time. One in particular is very competitive and the difference in how she trains in these 2on1 sessions is amazing! I can almost double the weights that she lifts and she just attacks it! In her 1on1 sessions in the past she would hold back thinking it was too heavy!
Several years ago I was taking a client through a workout in a nearby park and I’d set up a little obstacle course for her to complete as fast as she could. On the second round I gave her a head start and then chased her. Can you believe how much faster she went! It was amazing!
I was running with a client one morning and she was starting to struggle a bit. She was ready to stop running and start walking. I was working hard to keep her going. I knew she physically could do it. Then around the corner came a lady walking 2 dogs. My client loves dogs and immediately her mood lifted and so did her running. No longer was it a struggle. It looked like she could run all day, as long as there were some dogs up ahead.
What do you think about when you workout? Do you fill your mind with “strong” thoughts that help you do better or do you let thoughts that slow you down, make you want to stop and make you focus on the “hurt” get the better of you? Next time you workout I challenge you to think differently. Even if you are already doing well, aim to taking your thinking to the next level. Here are some ideas that may just help you beat that little voice in your head that might be hindering your performance:
1. Really focus on your technique, even more than you already do. When you think about this you won’t be focusing on the “harness” of the workout.
2. Think about how lucky you are to be doing what you are doing right now. Some people are sick, injured, disabled or worse and just wish they had the ability to workout as you do.
3. Enjoy the burn. Is the puffing and burning really that bad? I think not. It only last a little while. The more it burns the fitter you get! Say this over and over.
4. Use the smile technique. Think about all the good that is coming from the workout you are doing. Every rep you get stronger, fitter, faster, leaner, better!
5. Set yourself goals throughout the workout to hit. For example 10 reps without stopping!
Right now there is nothing you can do about your body. It is what it is. You can’t in this instant change how much muscle you have or how much fat you have. But you can change right now what and how you are thinking and this can have a dramatic effect on how much muscle and fat you have in 1 month, 3 months and 3 years time!
Think fit and I you will become fit!