Ever heard someone telling the story of how a pill, natural remedy or routine relieved their pain or healed an ailment?
Someone will usually say “that’s a placebo, it’s all in your head” but they say it like it’s a bad thing.
What if you chose to look at it differently?
Think about it: if something can make you have such a strong mental connection to your body that it creates a physical or emotional change for the better, shouldn’t you embrace it?
It’s also because our minds are so powerful, that this same “placebo effect” comes from the things we say to ourselves about ourselves even when it comes to reaching our fitness and fat loss goals.
Our minds can help or hinder our success.
When we say things to ourselves or others, even if a joking way, that belittle our efforts or hint at impending failure, we are in fact creating our own outcome.
“I can’t do this”
“It’s so hard”
“It’ll never work because I like food too much.”
“I just can’t get myself up that early to work out.”
“I don’t have the willpower to get lean.”
“I’ll never see my abs.”
“I hate cardio.” (oh wait, I might say this one…..)
“I can’t lose weight no matter what I do.”
All of that above is going to be accurate because your subconscious will cause you to do and act in accordance with whatever you tell it to believe.
This means you need to be the BOSS of your subconscious.
Instead of planting the seeds of doubt, cultivate the fruits of success.
“I can do it. Maybe not today, but I will keep working until I can.”
“If it’s hard that means I’m pushing myself to be better”
“I will be open to new foods and new ways of cooking my favorite so I can reach my goals.”
“It might be hard to get up in the morning to train but I feel so great after”
“Whatever it takes, I’ll do it.”
“I am choosing to make these changes and they are worth it”
“I GET to workout.” (Instead of I have to workout)
Be warned: this is not easy. It takes practice and focus. However, the benefits are priceless.
Our MINDS are our most powerful weapon and the real determining factor for our success and failures. Being able to harness it for your own good is always worth the effort.
Here’s how to begin:
Become aware of times when that self-doubt and limiting talk creeps in, even if you’re “joking”.
When you spot it, do a pattern interrupt.
Physically clap your hands or shake your body, do something to stop your brain from going down that ingrained mind path.
Then, out loud, change that limiting statement to a no-boundaries statement.
Might sound a bit crazy but try it for a week and watch your motivation, determination and results soar.