Too busy, tired and plagued by self-doubts to focus on your 2015 fitness goals? You're not alone. Winter doldrums can mess with our motivation and undermine our confidence in our objectives.
But, rather than sabotage ourselves with rationalizations (like, the weather's not cooperating with my workout program, or that piece of chocolate cheesecake is sure to lift my sagging spirits) let's look, instead, at shifting our attitude and building the self-confidence necessary to achieve our goals.
How we perceive our ability to reach those goals can definitely impact our self-assurance and our results. Many studies support the position that positive imagery does, indeed, work miracles in terms of making our intentions a reality. It's been proven that during a race, thinking of your "strong" words helps to get you across the finish line. Saying to yourself, "I can do it! I am strong!" not only works when running a marathon, it works in the race called Life. No matter whether you've resolved to lose those pounds or get that promotion at work, keeping your "strong" words on the tip of your tongue will increase your level of confidence.
Believing that your goals are realistic and attainable augments self-confidence, too. "Yeah but, what if I've never reached my goals in the past?" you might argue. "What if I can't commit to healthy eating" or "I can't walk every day for half an hour" or...well, you get the point. You can come up with any number of reasons - past failures, excuses, "yeah-buts" and "I can'ts" - that will undermine your desires and intentions, but why not promote your self-confidence, by telling yourself "I CAN!" And, "I WILL DO IT!" When you start believing your goals are feasible, youll find it a lot easier to reach them.
Reaching smaller goals like the completion of a daily workout, or a week of eating healthy food, also leads to an increased level of confidence.
Beneficial habits are often created one day at a time, step by step. Once you start seeing the incremental improvements in your fitness abilities and/or weight loss, you'll gain the assurance in your ability to take charge of your life.
Your environment can contribute to gaining more self-confidence, too. Reach out to your family and friends to help support your goals.
Ask them not to bring home tempting foods, or entice you with desserts when you go out to eat. Tell them you'd like their encouragement, as well as their company, in maintaining good eating habits and daily exercise routines.
You'd be surprised at how often a healthy example helps others join the journey toward wellness and a better quality of life. And as we set the pace for them, our confidence level gets an even bigger boost.
In life, we don't win at the finish line ... we win while proceeding toward it. Believing in your ability to reach your objectives (with help from positive imagery), knowing your goals are realistic, taking it one step at a time, enlisting support from others, all helps to build our fitness self-confidence.
If it still seems to be lacking, talk to your trainer. Don't have one? Perhaps now is a good time to invest in your physical and psychological well-being.
Magdalena is the owner of the "Be Fit Fit" Personal Training and Wellness Studio (www.befitfit.biz). Her "Be Fit Fit" Blog can be read on www.verdenews.com