When you think of the word flexibility what do you initially think of? Is it your body’s inability to move in certain positions making daily activities or hobbies impossible? Is it that yoga class you know you should attend but make up excuses as to why you can’t make it?
What if I told you flexibility goes far beyond your body’s capabilities and into your mind?
I recently heard someone talk about flexibility and why they can’t do this or can’t do that, and it immediately reminded me of a quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”. Flexibility of the mind is far more challenging than the flexibility of the body. When it comes to pushing new limits, you are your own worst enemy. How many times do you catch yourself doubting your greatness or practicing negative-self talk?
Here are my top 5 go to’s when I hear those negative voices creeping up in my head:
- Control the Contorllables. This is one of the best things my dad ever taught me. YOU are in charge of how you think, respond and react to everything around you. If you can’t control it, stop sweating it and move forward.
- Create a P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude). Figure out what key phrases work for you and remind yourself of them at your time of weakness. Something as simple as “keep moving”, “trust yourself”, “you’ve done this 1,000 times before, you can do it again”.
- Leave it at the door. We all have things going on in our personal lives but no matter what is going on in my life, I choose to leave it at the door when I walk inside the gym. When I am there I want to be present and absorb all the information and knowledge around me. How can I do that if I’m thinking about what happened at work? Be present and in the moment.
- Embrace failure. Without a doubt, you will fail at something in your life; whether it’s a new Snatch PR, a job promotion, or a stupid mistake. What make failures wonderful are the opportunities they create to learn and grow.
- Face your fears. We all fear something, but remember FEAR is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Start attacking your weaknesses!
Next time you hear that voice creeping in your mind, figure out a way to overcome it.