In the past, I primarily lived with thoughts of all the things I couldn’t do well. Negativity permeated every inch of my inner dialogue. I couldn’t run as fast as my friends, I couldn’t run without experiencing pain in my ankles and feet afterwards and I couldn’t lose weight as fast as others could. When asked to slow down my heart rate during runs, I whined about how slow I had to run and called it slogging (slow jogging). Listening to this week’s podcasts reminded me that my power to succeed resides in my mindset, therefore developing it must be a critical part of any training plan.
As part of this type of training, we must tap into our inner dialogue and begin to shift it. I’ve begun shifting my thoughts and tapping in to focus instead on all the things I can do. Filling my head with all the things that were going well has helped me remain positive about my training. Here are some simple ideas to help change your inner dialogue and develop your mindset.
I wish I could say I do this regularly, but I don’t. Research does suggest that meditation has major benefits to many areas of overall wellness. Mindspace app is one of the tools I downloaded. I’ve used it during the night when I can’t fall back asleep, but I’ve yet to develop a regular routine. I do, however, think of my long runs as meditation as I am in a mindfulness zone and think deeply.
There are tons of podcasts you can listen to for developing your mindset. I have found many motivational speakers and love to listen to podcasts on long runs. Sure does make the time pass by with less focus on the struggle. My favorite podcasts right now are put out by Another Mother Runner and Running Lifestyle. Find what speaks to you and listen to learn.
One of the best books for me was recommended by my yoga teacher a few years back. It still is the one that I reread when I need reminding of the power of mindset.
I wrote a summary of this book here Life Change
How has your mindset affected your training? What have you done to develop and harness the power of positivity? Please share in the comments below.