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Every year, month, week, day, minute, people all over the world are making the decision to get back on track with their health and fitness goals. Conversely, every year, month, week, day, minute, there are people all over the world, failing to meet those very same goals. A huge factor in this is their level of “self talk.” All too often, people set out to achieve wonderful goals, but end up talking themselves out of it.

All too often people get so excited and motivated towards their goal, experience one bump in the road, and they feel as though they are back at square one. This is not the case, and can be avoided with a greater awareness of their “self talk.” We have all done it.

We all have talked ourselves out of one situation or another because we didn’t want to put in the time or deal with the struggle or be disappointed in ourselves for quitting. The most common ways are “I can’t do this” or “I don’t have time for this.” Chances are, it really “is” something that we want, or else we wouldn’t have started it. All those mean are we are not willing to put out the effort.

We are greatly influenced by our thoughts and feelings. As long as we are telling ourselves we “can’t” “wont” “shouldn’t”, then we’re right, we wont. Its like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Many times people will go on vacation, or take a weekend away, only to return with a negative attitude. They feel they had splurged too much and not exercised enough, causing them to slide back to square one. This is hardly the case, and most likely they deserved a little break. It is impossible to lose all the great qualities and skills you had gained before the short break. Think back to before the break and how you had incorporated all of those great lifestyle changes into your daily life and how you were feeling. It is a day by day process, and takes time to gain, and takes time to lose. Sometimes the negative self talk can overshadow all of the positive habits you had learned. So instead of “I feel fat and disgusting and I don’t have the willpower to start back up again.” Try saying, “It was a great break, being able to eat whatever I wanted. But I am ready to reinvest time into myself and be dedicated to my nutrition, cardio and strength programs, because it is what I truly want and I deserve it.”

Here are a few tips to help with your positive self talk.

1. Every morning when you wake up, say something positive to yourself. It could be about the day ahead, about the previous day, it could be something to yourself.

2. During workouts, try to keep a positive attitude and encourage yourself.

3. After workouts, tell yourself how great and accomplished you feel and why. Commend yourself on your hard work. Even if you have a sub par workout, say “Something is better than nothing.”

4. Spread your positive energy to others. Compliment someone, whether you know them or not. It could be about their hair, shoes, tie, personality, quality you like, etc. Whatever strikes you at that moment about them. Putting out positive energy will cause you to receive it in return. Keep in mind, if we put out negative energy, we tend to get negative energy in return.

5. Before you fall asleep, say something positive about yourself and your commitment to your program.

As you continue with this, you will be able to recognize your negative self talk, and make a change before it is able to interfere with your progress.

Its so important that you are able to exercise positive self talk and tell yourself you are worthwhile and that you hold value, in the world, to your family, friends and to yourself! Visualize yourself as capable, confident and successful and notice the changes in your life.

Good luck, stay positive and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!!

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