The obstacles you face are… mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.
~Clarence Blasier (Think Exist)
When I run a mile at the park it takes two laps. When I switch to the high school track it takes four. Even though the track is half as long, after two laps I am ready to stop.
When I run for a mile now, if I get tired I just have to keep telling myself I can do it because I’ve done it before & I have the juice to keep going around.
When I’m doing push-ups, in order to do a certain number of them I have to fix that number in my mind. I can do that many, however I have to struggle, & often that is it.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how mental exercise is. Before I never thought I could do it, so I didn’t. Between the running & the push-ups challenge I have realized when I don’t think I have anything left inside me, I just need to dig deeper. I am proud & amazed at what I’ve accomplished so far.
One thing I can’t do is think too far ahead. At times I feel so hopeful, I like to envision myself doing a hundred push-ups nonstop, running a marathon, trail running, just generally running around being superfit. This usually ends up becoming overwhelming & I want to quit because I don’t think I can ever do any of that. I quit halfway through W2D2 of the 100 push-ups this time because during my rest breaks I kept looking ahead at all the push-ups I would have to do. I psyched myself out & got too mentally tired to continue. I started over the next week & I have been going strong, even if then I didn’t think I could do it.
Writing this, I wish I had saved the quote I used the other day.
“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?”
~Henry Ford (Good Reads)
Here are a few articles I found on the issue of exercise & mentality: