I am learning so many new things during my 12 week contest prep. No, not only what annoys the hell out of me! 🙂 I am learning things about life that I would not have paid attention to if it wasn’t for the careful attention I have to pay to EVERYTHING these days. I have developed several mental strategies to stick with my diet and workout even though I feel like crap sometimes. One of the things I have been listening to is Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone. I’m telling you, after listening to this, you can’t really come up with an excuse for anything. I mean he is pretty much putting all of the responsibility on YOU as the sole person who is in control. Yes, it is true that we cannot control everything that goes on outside of us. But, it is true that we CAN control how we react to it. We can acknowledge our feelings and move on.
When you say to yourself, “I am too tired to workout,” or “I will never be able to control my eating,” you are already giving up before you even try. One thing I have learned how to do is think about what I want and not about what I don’t want. I know what I want, and I know why I am competing. Why should I spend time dwelling on my fears or thinking about what could go wrong? As Wayne Dyer says, “You attract what you are.” You attract in your life what you think about. Think negative, and that is what you will get. Think positive, and that is what you will get. Yes, it is that simple. When you live in the present moment, you really have no excuse for anything. Just focus on that moment in time. When you are working out, just focus on that moment. Think about your muscles and how they are growing. If you are running, enjoy the breathe and the feeling of the blood running through your veins. When you are eating, think about how the food is nourishing your body. Stop worrying about everything. If you want to reach your potential, you have to get rid of excuses.
Winners don’t look for excuses, they look for ways to get it done. Plain and simple.
Here are some things to say to yourself when you start making excuses:
1. How bad do I want this? Do I want it bad enough to suck it up and do it?
2. I will regret not doing it, I never regret having done it when I am finished.
3. Will this help me or hurt me? This will either take me away from my goal or draw me near it.
4. One step at a time.
5. I am the captain of my fate. No one can make me do anything.
6. Is it worth making a bad choice which will leave me feeling guilty or toughing it out and having a feeling of victory for the rest of the day?
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