Your Thoughts Are Not Facts
This is an important reminder about what to think about when struggling with feelings, mindset, and ambitions.
Let’s say you feel down because it seems like you’re not progressing.
You think you’re pathetic and might as well give up because you’re not getting anywhere. You’ve had a few setbacks, injuries, work projects, and life emergencies.
Now, replace all those bad negative feelings with simple facts.
Like this one: You’ve lost 10 pounds since you started eating right.
And this one: You now easily jog 2 miles when before you could barely make it around the block,
or this one: I missed my target goal time for a race, but I took 10 minutes off,
and this one: I did not know how to swim, and I had just completed my first open-water swim, which was terrific.
Get the picture?
This is why it’s important to set MEASURABLE goals. And to record your progress regularly. Because it’s so easy to lose sight of that progress and to let your worries take you down a dark – AND FACTUALLY INCORRECT – path.
We include this as a part of my training program with regular assessments, testing, and video analysis so my athletes have actual PROOF of their improvements.
Think you’re not doing so well?
Ask yourself, “Is that really true?” and 99.9% of the time, it is not!
Sometimes you must forget what you think. What do you KNOW?
Take out your phone or piece of paper and write down a list of all your successes based on facts, not thoughts.
Print out and put it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself daily of all the things you have already accomplished in life that are awesome.
Then question your current thoughts and remind yourself of the truth!
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Erinne Guthrie has been a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing, and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid, and much more.