We’ve all got ‘em. Those opposing inner voices. There’s the good one. The one that believes in you. Then there’s the naysayer. The one that thinks you’re a quitter. When you’ve got something like FM, those voices are always at it. Especially the naysayer. Whether you’re walking the dog or just trying to get out of bed, that voice is always trying to get you to give up. To admit that you just can’t do it. And, man, how do you shut that thing up???
Well, I wish I could say I have the answer. But I don’t. That voice has developed over many years — over a lifetime of experiences — negative and positive. She has been “trained” to tell you “you can’t do this”. That voice is still in my head trying to convince me to give up on this journey. To believe I shouldn’t be doing this. To go back to being unable to do anything. And, well, she doesn’t get to win. Ever. Again. Nancy Naysayer already had several years, now it’s time for Polly Positive to get a chance.
So, how do you ignore that voice?
How do you push past the negative images, feelings, words, and beliefs to find your inner strength? To find the voice inside you that believes you can? It’s not easy. And it’s something you have to focus on always. Like all things, it’s a choice.
- You choose to believe.
- You choose to try.
- You choose to hear positive words rather than negative ones.
- You choose to motivate yourself.
- You choose to overcome.
How do you get through a HIIT workout when you have FM?
How do you choose to tackle an intense 20-week fitness challenge when you could barely walk up a flight of stairs just a few months back?
It’s all the same. You make a choice. You either try or you give up. You either listen to Nancy Naysayer or Polly Positive. Believe me, I’ve got the “I can’t” voice SCREAMING at me during some of my workouts. But I also have Chalene Johnson yelling at me to PUSH harder. AND I have ME. I have the person that I choose to be. I have the person that I am becoming. I have the will to be healthier than ever and to continue to strive for more.
You’re not alone. Everyone hears “no, you can’t” – sometimes it’s from within, sometimes it’s from friends or family. DON’T LISTEN TO ANY OF THEM. Only YOU can decide that. It’s up to you. Shut down the negative, elevate the positive. You can do this! ‘Nuff said.
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