Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Fit Body Needs A Fit Mind

One of the secrets of professional athletes is their use of Sports Psychology. To think like a winner. This is one of the most important aspects of training and depending on the coach, they will say it is the most important. This is also the aspect that is most ignored by the regular gym go'er or Average Joe and Jane.

A lot of business people or people looking to become a success read books on Sports Psychology. Thinking like a winner just means thinking like a successful person, going out there and creating your own future. It's why some athletes do so well in the business world even if they aren't educated.

So what does this mean? There is a lot of things that lead to your failure in your weight loss or in the gym that was is already a pre-learned response. If you were good at something, you were rewarded with "congratulations, or good job, or you're really good at that, you're a natural." Now if you didn't do so well in something maybe you were received with, "You suck, or that is not your subject I guess, you're not much of a golf player or math student or what have you, and finally you are a failure."

So what happens then? You have a learned response where now you associate yourself being good at one thing, and bad at another thing. That it's innate and uncontrollable. I'm good at math bad at English. I'm good at tennis bad at violin.

None of this is related to effort. Now if you were conditioned another way. You did something and you were met with, "Oh great effort." You did bad at something, "Try harder next time and you will succeed." Then you will no longer associate yourself as being good or bad at any one thing, that all things are based on your level of effort and hard work.

Now the first girl will go her whole life thinking she will either be good at something or bad at something and she will have very little control. It is what it is as a lot of people annoyingly say.

The second girl will go her life thinking if she tries hard enough she can succeed in anything (which is more true than you think if you factor in the 10,000 hours it takes anyone to master anything). Even in studies, sometimes brighter students who categorize themselves do worse than students who base their success on effort. Especially in moments of great pressure or stress when the brighter student sometimes crumbles or feels their vulnerability because they aren't perfect at something. It's why the people with the highest IQs don't always make the best scientists, or even do well in strategy games. It's why someone can come from moderate circumstances to a great level of success even if they had little natural ability, because they worked hard and based their success on their effort.

Which brings us back to your success and failure in your work outs, fitness, and in a greater sense life.

If you are a person who tries this exercise or that and doesn't feel you are good at it, you will end up sticking to the easy things, a treadmill of some sort and see very little results.

A person who tries something and finds it challenging will light up and revel in its uncertainty and complexity and will work hard enough to succeed.

If you're ever feeling like, I suck at this, I am not good at this, I am only good at running but my muscles are too weak to lift, then you will surely fail.

If within your inner dialogue you don't speak in terms of activity or success and failure, but in terms of effort, then you will surely succeed.

I never find that money is the reason people get personal training or don't get it even though they say so. I have had some of the richest people use money not to get training, and some of the poorest people buy personal training in spite of financial limitations. It's all on how they speak to themselves, their inner dialogue. This may not work I'm just not good at it, I don't want to risk the money. This will work if I try, I will invest in myself. Successful people go seek out others who will help them succeed, even before they become rich or successful. You take these people and take all their money or success away and they will find a way to get it back. Think like a winner! You're body will surely thank you for it.

Eventually you will get to a state of minimal effort for maximal results, but that's for another time.
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