Even the most athletic people in the world get frustrated at times. When you work hard for or at something, you want to see results. If those results are few and far between, then we get frustrated. As we become more fit, we have to work harder to push ourselves. So what does one do to overcome the frustration and power through the next obstacle?
Remember where you started. Think about that time when you couldn't even do 1 push-up, now you're doing 20 easily. Focus on how great it feels to have made it that far! If you're really struggling with getting something, go to something that you can do. In this way you're building yourself back up. So if you want to do a pull-up, but can't make it, go do some good 'ol tricep dips. As you do them, imagine yourself performing a perfect pull-up. Through positive imagery and performing something that you are able to do, its boosting your confidence and making you able to do more whether you realize it or not. In this way, you can build yourself up to do anything!
Get excited. Psych yourself up to do things. Get really happy about doing something that has intimidated you in the past. By mitigating the fear, you are conquering it. This helps you accomplish much more.
Stay positive. Take “I can't” out of your vocabulary completely. Replace it with “I'm going to work hard and try again later.” Also replace “This is impossible” with “I'll get there.” You absolutely CAN do anything you want to.
Don't obsess over mistakes. Obsess over accomplishments. If you have a bad diet day, or couldn't make it to the gym. Remember instead the time you chose that orange over that candy bar. Or the time you squeezed that workout in on that crazy busy day you had. Then just make sure you get back on track as soon as possible.
Share your wins. If you are feeling particularly upset, call your best friend or family member. Tell them how far you've come. Let them know just how fit you've gotten, or that new move you mastered. In addition, swap stories. Have them tell you a personal accomplishment that they are proud of. With all that good energy floating around, you'll be smiling before you know it!
Write down something you've accomplished over the course of a day, or week. Put the list on your fridge, or somewhere you can see it daily. By acknowledging all the greatness you've done, it gives you motivation to work hard and add to the list.
These are a few ways to keep yourself on track when the going gets tough. Keep your head up and keep smiling, it really helps. For more information, contact the Wayne County YMCA at (570) 253-2083 or online at ymcawayne.com.