I read a book this month titled Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack, and in it he wrote about the importance of mind control—self mental control. Although this book is directed towards professional athletes, the author’s messages can be applied to everyone’s life.
According to Mack, “every athlete [person] hears two competing voices. One is a negative critic, and the other is a positive coach. Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice.” How many times have you second-guessed or doubted yourself and your abilities? We all are guilty of doing this, but the key to succeeding beyond this is to listen to your positive side. Easier said than done, I know, but we are often our own obstacle. Whether it’s our journey to losing weight, competing in that 10K race or testing out a new exercise class, often it’s not the physical task we fail but our own mental thinking. We’re all guilty of self-sabotage. For some perhaps it’s telling yourself that you can’t do it, convincing yourself that you’re too out of shape to do this or too old to do that. Or, perhaps it’s pressure from others. You tell yourself you can’t compete against them. However, in many cases we believe what we’re constantly told — what our friends tell us. One way I help myself cancel out my “negative critic” and listen more to my “positive coach” is to surround myself with like-minded, positive people. So this past month I divorced a negative friend and praised a positive friend. It’s important not only to believe in yourself but to be surrounded by others who also believe in you!
“Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny.” -Gary Mack
Sign up for the latest news on Team Fenom and women’s sports!