Changing our mindset has been the theme of the week around here. Trish quoted Say Anything this week: “Why can’t you wake up & just decide to be in a good mood?” I was sitting in the front office when I heard it. Hmmmm…is this something I should consider? Nope. When I’m crabby, I'm married to my crabbiness. Then she asked the class how we could talk to ourselves in general differently, and my interest was piqued. ‘Ohhh boy’, I thought. 'What is the lesson I’m supposed to learn about this?'
This week, the trainers have been asking us on the floor, “How are you talking to yourself? How do you get through the exercises?" As I started tune in to myself on the workout floor, I realized I am just as bad as my six-year-old, beating myself up throughout class, telling myself, 'I can't'. My inner critic makes it incredibly hard to get through class.
If we have 45 seconds in a set, and I hear, "15 seconds are gone!”, I get pissed! I think, ‘Really??? That was only 15 seconds? That means I have 30 seconds TO GO?? ARGH! I’m never gonna make it.' And oh! If it's a minute circuit, I go berserk in my brain! It's terrible!!
What’s another choice? What could I tell myself that might make it an easier, more positive experience? How about, 'Alright!! 1/3 is already gone! I can totally do 30 seconds.' How about, 'This is hard, but I’ve got this. Focus.'
Unless you are vigilant, your inner critic takes over without you really even noticing. I’ve been plugging in to my inner critic and have realized a few things: I get pissed at Trish for “making us” do a minute. How is that useful? I get angry at my foot for hurting, and I wound up crying in anger on Saturday in class. How does that serve me?
My inner critic is eating at my brain. I’m listening to the lies it’s telling, and they become the words I say out loud to myself. Then they become how I behave. Then they become who I am and how I’m treating others.
Beware of your thoughts, they become your words.
Beware of your words, they become your actions.
Beware of your actions, they become your habits.
Beware of your habits, they become your character.
Beware of your character, it becomes your destiny.
Are you mean to yourself? Would you ever be that mean to another human? How can changing the script you tell yourself through class make your workout easier & more enjoyable? How can changing the script in your life have the same effect?
Plug into your brain and start to listen to how you talk to yourself. How can you change your mindset in one area this week?