What you think of yourself has far more impact on your life than you realize.
There’s an old saying; “If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”
This may not seem to make sense. But look at it this way. When you start a project, whether it’s weight loss, or getting fit, or training for a marathon, when you believe you can do it you put all your energy into it. You are 100% focused. You are driven and setbacks are seen as just obstacles to be overcome, not barriers to stop you.
When you believe you can’t you put much less effort in. You are not focused, you are not dedicated. And at the first setback you are likely to just give up. You see that setback as proof you are right. You can’t do it so why even try.
When I’d had enough of being overweight, when I’d had enough of being on diabetes medication, when I’d had enough of having no energy, I decided to do something about it. I didn’t think “I’ll give it a go and see what happens.” I put everything I had into it. I watched what I ate, I controlled portion sizes, I went walking every day, which soon led to running. And the weight fell off me. Now three years later, I’m maintaining my weight loss, I’m off all medication and I intend to stay that way. I didn’t achieve this by being half hearted. I made up my mind to do it. And I did it.
Your mind can be your most powerful ally. Or your most formidable opponent.
I’d like to leave this with another old saying; “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Believe it. Then you will see it.
It’s all in your mind.