If you go out for a run with the main thoughts going through your head that:
1. My legs are heavy,
2. I’m tired,
3. I don’t really want to run.
The chances are you’ll struggle with your run.
The same applies to anything. If you think you’ll not be any good at it, or think negatively about it – the chances are you might not do it as well as you could. Work, life, relationships, learning a new skill. If you think you’ll be no good at it, you’re probably right.
Instead of going out for a run (or doing anything in life) with negative thoughts in your head, try to turn your thoughts around to be positive:
1. This is easy, I’m having fun.
2. I’m going to enjoy this and take it easy.
3. Listen to the birds and take in all of the sights, sounds and chat.
Say your goal in running on a particular route is to try and always beat your pb. If you’re tired you can, and you probably should, leave the fast time trial run for another day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have other goals for your run.
1. Enjoy it,
2. Think positively,
3. Get some relaxing ‘me’ time.
4. Concentrate on your running form
5. Run at a steady pace throughout
6. Run within a certain (lower) heart rate zone or at a lower pace,
7. Socialise and enjoy the chat.
8. Listen (to others or the birds and noises of being outdoors).
9. Run for X minutes: walk for Y, listening
10. Have fun. 🙂
If you set achievable goals, and you achieve them, you’ll feel great about yourself and the goal you set yourself.
All you need to do to get things done, and get them done well is:
1. Decide what you want to do.
2. Set a goal you want to achieve.
3. Research / find out and plan how to do it.
4. Believe in yourself and believe you can do it.
5. Be confident within yourself and think positively.
6. Do it! You can and will do it.
Here’s a recent example of how I used positive thinking to help me achieve
I used positive thinking (and ibuprofen!) to help me achieve my goal recently when I was walking the West Highland Way… Day 3 was when I really used a positive way of thinking to get me through it. Might I add, that I’ve deliberately chosen the pictures of me where my feet were killing me at that point! Most of the time I was smiley and happy! 🙂
If I’m honest I thought walking the West Highland Way would be easy for a fit person like me. We knew most of the route, had maps and sign posts to show us where to go. I can run for up to 5 hours and walk endlessly as long as I’ve got the right gear, food and water.
What I didn’t bargain for was my feet swelling by the end of Day 2, so that my boots started to crush them. The pain was so intense that by the end of Day 2 I was unable to put any weight on my heels when I walked around in bare feet in the room.
I thought I was knackered. I could have moaned, complained and got upset. When starting out on day 3 I could have thought as I walked in pain… ‘My feet are sore, my feet are sore…’… or ‘My feet are killing me, I can’t go on.’
I found out how I would do this: ibuprofen, positive thinking and dedication.
And I did it!
So instead of complaining or giving up before or during the walk, when we started out I took 800mg of ibuprofen (whether it helped the pain or just acted as a placebo). Then used the phrase:
‘My feet are fine, my feet are fine‘, to keep me going.
I tried to concentrate on enjoying the experience and not letting my sore feet get to me. I wanted to take in the views and just enjoy it. When it got hard, I used another coping technique… counting my steps to motivate me to keep one foot going after the other… uphill – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8… downhill – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20.
After 4 hours I took another lot of ibuprofen and made sure that I was eating and drinking enough. Sure it was tough and my feet were sore right through to Day 5 when we finished. But my positive thinking and determination got me through and helped me walk the West Highland Way in very impressive timescales.
I knew I could do it, I knew I could get to the end. And I knew then that I’d be able to take my boots off (AND BURN THEM! ;-))
I beleived in myself, was confident, positive and I did it.
You can do anything too.
You just need to try. 🙂