"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
Self-doubt and negative thinking are, as you know, counterproductive. Have a mantra...when you start feeling as if you want to quit, repeat it to yourself over and over until you finish/accomplish what you thought you couldn't. I use the phrase, "I'm strong, I'm capable, I will do this". If you are trying to lift heavier, it helps to look at, and focus on the muscle you are working out and when you think you can't do anymore, say "one more, I can do this"...always works for me! Good luck!
Di "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. - Michael Jordan
There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between. Pat Riley
With whatever it is: learning a new piece of challenging music, solving math equations, cooking, creating, or stuff in the gym, I find breaking down the overwhelming something into little pieces to be the way to go for me. I also try to leave all judgmental and comparative thoughts far away. For myself, I find working on something concrete like a gym activity to be less frustrating than shifting a behavior or developing an idea. I've been working on doing a pull-up, a handstand, crow and other yoga arm balances, and a full pistol squat to the floor. I see tiny little bits of progress although I've been practicing for months. Lots of practice. Someday...
How does one overcome that voice in your head that says, I can't. I am referring to my workouts, when I am presented with new challenges or increased level of exercise I often have a lack of confidence and even hopelessness of not being able to achieve the task.
Intellectually I understand that this kind of useless negativity is what ends up holding me back and keeping me from being the best I can be. It's time to turn it around once and for all! I would like any tips or advice to break this mindset of predetermined responses that interfere with my progress.
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