Today I plan to get on my soapbox about how to change your way of thinking. I personally have a great deal of experience here since mental focus has always been my downfall. I have always had the physical abilities to excel in my workouts and runs, but lacked the mental fortitude to push through the “I Want To Quit” times. I still struggle at times, like this morning when I faced a daunting hill on my run. I am not perfect, but am making progress because I understand the following.
Basically everything we do in life comes from a need to avoid pain or gain pleasure. If you take a hard look at what you do each day, you will find you do it to satisfy one or the other. For example, your job…if you hate your job, you still go to it every day because the discomfort (pain) of having to find a new one or not have one at all is less than the gain (pleasure) you will get from making that change…or so you think. Along these sames lines, you choose to NOT workout because the pleasure you get from sitting around on your a** is greater than the pleasure you would get from a healthy, lean body. The satisfaction (pleasure) that you get from high fat foods is greater than the discomfort (pain) of eating nutritionally dense foods.
For most of us, the fear of loss is much greater than the desire for gain. Does this make sense? What you link pain and pleasure to will shape your destiny. I have people tell me how unappetizing oatmeal is all the time. However, the momentary discomfort (pain) that I get from eating it each day, twice a day, is worth the gain (pleasure) from having a fit, healthy body. The reality is, now I am completely comfortable with this change in my life. Now my pleasure/pain outlook toward food has changed. The pain I get from a poor day of food choices is much greater than the pleasure I get from making these poor choices.
You have to BELIEVE you are able to make a change in your life. Work on developing the pleasure/pain principals in your life. Apply this to everything you do and see if there are some improvements you can make. Don’t forget…YOU are in control of your destiny!!
“The only true security in life comes from knowing you are improving yourself in some way EVERY DAY. Don’t worry about MAINTAINING the quality of your life, work on IMPROVING IT.” Anthony Robbins