Are You Taking Yourself Out of the Game Before It Even Starts?

Published on September 14, 2023

This morning, when I got up, I wanted to walk four miles. Immediately, my head started questioning if I really wanted to do it. I had a meeting in two hours, and my knees and hips were hurting.

Now, you have to remember I’ve had several surgeries that fused half of my back, so if there is anybody who has a reason not to over-push, it is me.

However, there’s a difference between pushing too hard and doing what’s necessary to keep your muscles strong and loose.

I decided to stop dwelling on negative thoughts and instead focused on visualizing the end result of how I was going to feel at the end of those four miles. And it was this vision that motivated me to get out the door and start the walk.

Now granted, I still had that thought of whether I really wanted to keep going, come up at least a hundred times during that 4-mile walk. However, each time it surfaced, I replaced it with thoughts of how I would feel after completing the walk. Before I knew it, I had finished four and a half miles on my walk this morning.

Now look, a lot of people out there will say: “Oh positive thinking is just poo-poo, because you just can’t wish everything is going to be great and do nothing about it.”

That is not what I’m advocating for. I’m saying that positive thinking and maintaining the right mindset are critical to keep going, but in the end, you still have to do the work.

The real question is whether we’re setting ourselves up for success or taking ourselves out of the game before it even begins.

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