How To Overcome Negative Thoughts
This week on The Smart Runner Podcast I'm taking a look at how to overcome negative thoughts. It's something that many of you have told me you struggle with so I hope this simple system will help.
Negative thinking will have a detrimental effect on your performance no matter how experienced or talented you are. So the aim of this episode is to offer you a daily practice to help you overcome negative thoughts and re-direct your mind towards achieving of your marathon goals.
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Links From The Show
* Mental Training For Athletes
* Best Self Journal
In this episode of The Smart Runner Podcast we'll be looking at;
* What mantras are and how to use them
* How to correct your breathing
* Why meditation helps you overcome negative thoughts
* How to picture the end result
* Why you are the only one who needs convincing
* How to mentally prepare for success
* How to remain consistent
* Why determination will get you far
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Reversing Negative Self Talk
You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. In other words, you can not get a good result from a bad journey and so if your mind is filled with negative self talk it will destroy your chances of success every single time.
If you spend your time focused on all your perceived limitations, faults and inabilities then that's what you enhance. No one who ever achieved something did so by thinking they were no good.
If you spend your time focused on your best bits, enhance them and grow them, then the better self image you create and the more likely you are to win (whatever winning means to you).
It's mind over matter, and these fundamental sports psychology principles can help you get exactly where you want to go, or not, depending on which side of the coin you decide to focus on.
Dr. Andrew Friesen, PhD Certified Mental Trainer: Canadian Sport Psychology Association says;
"There is no construct of human psychology and functioning more prevalent in sport than emotion. Mood, emotions, and general affect can influence every movement in every sport."
How you think about your own ability will affect your emotional state, and your emotional state will in turn affect your performance.
The key thing to remember is, no matter what your circumstances are, it's you that is in charge and you can change your emotional state by choosing different thoughts.
Practice Makes Marathon Perfect
The mind is the most powerful tool you possess and the measure of your success will be the extent to which you direct its contents, not only in marathon but life in general.
Positive mental conversation doesn't come easily to most of us, we need to work to develop it. So just like training your body to become stronger, you must train your mind overcome negative thoughts and become stronger.
If you notice you have a predisposition to negative thinking then that's a good thing, most don't even notice. So now you can begin to make conscious effort to correct it.
Check out these 9 tips to overcome negative thoughts and developing a positive thinking practice;
#1 Prepare Your Mindset Training Plan
The first step in developing a positive mindset around your running is to make a training plan. Much like you train your body to run,