What you’re thinking, what shape your mind is in, is what makes the biggest difference of all - Willie Mays
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, however this year has been incredibly challenging. At many different levels most of us have been hit by the Lockdown blues and suddenly our sleep, food, training, routines...Oooops, that's thrown a spanner in the works. Here’s the good news...You can change that.
There is an old Cherokee legend known as the tale of the two wolfs. A grandfather explains that there are two wolfs within each of us: One is beneficial and positive, while other wolf is negative and destructive. These two wolfs fight for control over us. The grandson is curious and asks, "Which wolf will win?".... "The one you feed"
If thoughts determine feelings, then feelings influence your actions. The first step in feeding the good wolf is learning to identify your own negative and self-defeating thoughts. We all have them. Step two, it’s time to feed the good wolf and challenge the self-critical thoughts with encouraging statements.
Mentally beating on yourself does you no good. Instead, gain clear control of your thinking process. Repeat these two winning steps to build mental muscle, improve your mood....sounds great but here is the thing, it needs practice, like push ups or running you only get better if you consistently practice over and over and over, so when a big bad wolf comes you’ll be ready.
Continue reading if you feel nerdy, Dr. Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis and his colleagues, University of Thessaly, published in July 2011, the article that confirmed that self-talk can produce significant improvements in sport performance. Additionally they found that instructional self-talk was beneficial for fine-motor skills. Conversely, motivational self-talk was found more effective for task requiring willpower, endurance or strength. Hatzigeorgiadis saids “ The mind guide action. If we succeed in regulating our thoughts, then this will help our behaviour”