Words Are Important Beyond Measure by Stuart MacEwan
The effects of words are undeniably powerful. The impact of hearing Ronald Regan challenge Mr. Gorbachev to take down the Berlin wall, of Martin Luther King Jr. expounding on his dream of the American future, or reading a transcript of Lincoln rousing a nation at Gettysburg are prime examples of words both spoken and written that have undeniable power. While this small selection of historical samples might come from very famous events remember that the words that you use every day also have influence over you in your day-to-day life.
My training friend Alex has always put a strong emphasis on teaching clients to have positive attitudes while saying positive words during their workouts. She knows that for many, workouts are difficult enough without emotional and verbal negativity. Since we use words to spur us through our programs, its important to use empowering word choices to keep our attention and energy focused on achieving our best efforts.
Henry Ford had it right when he said ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t--you’re right’; he was referring to how a person’s attitude directly affected the outcome of their performance. Keep this in mind when you are pushing hard through your workout. Are you saying positive things like ‘I will… I can… I’m able?’ Those words will help unlock your full capacity to push hard through your workout and help you explore your limits.
If you catch yourself saying “I can’t… I hate… I don’t want to’ then don’t be surprised that your actions are self-fulfilling prophecies when it comes to falling short of reaching your workout goals. If you catch yourself saying and thinking negative thoughts before, during or after your workout simply correct your thinking by rewording your thoughts from ‘I won’t’ to ‘I will’, ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’, and ‘I hate’ to ‘I love.’ This simple practice will become a positive habit in a few weeks, and you will find a new self-loving perspective in how powerful you are as you train your body.