Hey guys, Brendon here, and I’m going to teach you one quick tip on how to start to get rid of that negative mindset here in the gym. Now, this tip works in life too. You can apply this to any situation anywhere. It is a quick, easy thing you can do in about 30 seconds to start to get out of that negative or fixed mindset into one that’s more positive and growth-oriented. That can make all the difference in life and health and in the gym.
See, our brains are by default wired to look for danger, to look for negativity. It’s kind of this leftover survival instinct from more primitive times. So our brain tends to go to the negative and stay there. It’s hard to switch, but here’s how you could start to do it.
First, you need to recognize. You need to recognize when you’re being negative, when the thoughts in your head during the workout are “Oh my gosh, this sucks!” or “I’m doing terrible!” or “So and so’s going so much faster than me,” or “I hate this movement,” or “This is so heavy!”
“I Love This Feeling!”
As soon as you recognize those thought patterns in your head, you need to have a call to action. All right? The first step was recognize. Once you recognize that you are starting to have these fixed, negative thoughts, the second part is to then redirect. One of my favorite phrases in the gym, especially during the workout, is “I love this feeling!” Now, the first couple of times I tried it wasn’t exactly true, but I stuck with it. Now I also say things like, “I love to work!” Maybe you just need to redirect that to, “I’m amazed with what I am able to do. My body is able to do this. I could run jump, lift, press, squat. I can do all these things. I’m amazed at what I can do!”
So you recognize that negative or fixed thought pattern. Then you started to redirect that to something more positive, something more growth-minded; “This is a great opportunity for me to learn. I can’t wait to get better. I love this feeling. I love doing work.”
Let It Marinate
And then the last part is then to rewire. We need to start building those neural pathways. What you need to do is you need to hang out with those new thoughts. It’s not enough to say, “I hate running, I hate running. Wait a second, I love this feeling, but I hate running.” You need to savor, you need to marinate, you need to stay there. So for at least 15 seconds, if not more, you need to hang out with those positive feelings.
So let’s stick with running real quick. I know a lot of us really don’t like to run. During your next run, when things get tough, you start to notice that your mindset’s breaking down, you’re getting negative, what you need to do is then redirect it to something more positive.
“I’m amazed that I can run. I couldn’t always do this. I couldn’t always go this fast or go this distance. I love the feeling of hard work. I love that my body’s able to do this!”
And then you need to sustain that. Draw that out for at least 15 seconds.
That takes about 30 seconds from start to finish, from recognizing to redirecting to rewiring. You do this every time you’re in the gym, you are going to start to notice that without much effort, your mindset is a little less negative, a little less fixed, and it’s becoming a little more positive, a little more growth-oriented. That will make all the difference in how you perform in and out of the gym.
If you want any help with this sort of thing, if you have any questions is how to switch from a fixed to a growth mindset, how it can affect you in and out of the gym, feel free to let me know and I’d be happy to help out. See you in the gym!