Running. Sometimes it can feel awesome and sometimes it can make me feel weak, or challenged, but it always gets me in tune with my body and my mind! There is nothing like a tough run to trigger all kinds of negative messages from the peanut gallery of the mind. “You used to be better, faster, stronger, etc.” As you can imagine, when these thoughts begin, the run gets even more difficult.
As a Life Coach and psychotherapist, I spend a lot of time working with clients on mindset. This is not just something I teach, I stay in the practice of shifting my mindset to that which supports my goals vs. sabotages them. Mindset is key when you are attempting anything and one my favorite things about running is that thoughts become really clear when you are pushing your body. Mindset is also something that works like a muscle, the more you practice mastery of mindset, the stronger your focus becomes. There are 2 tips that I have found essential when it comes to training your mind and your thoughts. The first is to notice where your thoughts are going and the second is to shift to empowering thoughts vs. critical thoughts.
When you are running, where do your thoughts go? Are they supportive or critical? To change anything, you have to first notice what you need to change so start paying attention to your thoughts! The second step is to stay in possibility vs limitation thinking. It was Henry Ford who said “If you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” Pick thoughts to focus on that are empowering! One way to set yourself up for success is to begin with the end in mind. Have a crystal clear picture of your goal. For example, picture yourself feeling great and accomplished after a tough speed workout, tough hill workout, tough treadmill workout or long run! The clearer the picture in your mind, the more likely you will be to bring it into your reality.
Our brains actually do have a negative bias, so if you are finding that it is difficult for you to shift your thoughts from limitation to empowerment, get some help with it! This brain training is one of my specialities and I love helping runners develop a mindset that sets them up for success!
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you blasting past your goals and on to victory both in running and in life!