I’m not always up for doing my activities every day – I do seven Martial Arts classes a week, and go to the gym, and do cardio… So honestly, I’m downright exhausted sometimes!
But for me, the end result is the important thing – if I truly don’t feel up for training, I give myself a break… But generally, what I really need is to buck up and push through the sticky “ugh! Do I have to?!”s. Yep, just a swift kick in the ass, folks!
There IS something to be said for overtraining – having been in that zone far too many times, particularly when training for a competition or event, I know my body…AND when I need to stop. It is important to recognize that fine “overtraining” line, but ALSO to recognize when you are making excuses. Be HONEST with yourself – your goals are your own, so the only person you hold back is yourself.
People often ask what I do to get through the tougher days… My answer?
- I take BABY steps…
- I change my language…
- And I focus on the goal.
1. BABY STEPS
I tell myself I only have to start. I don’t think about the fact that I’d like to do eight HIIT sprints, incline walking, and jogs (which add up to about 40 to 50 minutes.) Instead, I tell myself that I just need to hop on, do one or two and see how I feel. It WORKS. I take the pressure off myself by not envisioning beyond the moment. Usually once I start, I feel up for more. And, once I’m done, I am thankful (and thrilled!) that I pushed through.
2. CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE
Instead of focusing on the tougher aspects of the activity…
- It’s exhausting
- I’m tired
- I don’t feel like it
- I’m already sore
I choose to focus on the positive. I change those “negative” comments, whether internally or outwardly verbalized, to the reverse…
- I’m going to feel great once I get this done
- I’m great at pushing through even when it feels tough
- I know I can do it
- This is a perfect opportunity to remind myself I can do anything I put my mind to
- I GOT this!
Positive language goes a very long way, and it acts as a bit of a hand-hold while you are struggling.
3. FOCUS ON THE GOALS
I regularly remind myself why I do my sports and activities…
- It’s my PASSION
- I love feeling fit and staying in shape
- I love feeling strong, particularly since “strong” includes not just the physical, but the strength of my will and spirit, as well as command of my mindset, and my attitude
- I love that I don’t get sick and, on the rare occasion that I do, I bounce back quickly
- I feel sexier in my skin
- I feel proud of what I can achieve, and love that sense of accomplishment
There are so many great reasons to take up activities, and taking a moment to appreciate why I do what I do…even when the going gets tough…helps me to stick to my plan.
So when you are having one of those tougher moments, and struggling to motivate yourself…try the steps above. They really DO help…I’m walking proof! You will amaze yourself with what you actually CAN do when you put your mind to it, and your feet where you mouth is. 😉
Excuses are like little devilish phrases that try to commandeer our attitude and mindset – don’t allow it! They only have power over you if you let them!