Monsters are nasty, negative thoughts that are limiting your potential and destroying your fitness progress. Mental Monsters come in various shapes and forms. Some common variations include guilt, shame, self-hate, and impatience. It would be impossible to cover every single Mental Monster in this article, so I’m only going to cover the most vicious and nasty Mental Monster of all: doubt.
- If you tell yourself you are a failure, you will probably fail.
- If you tell yourself you can’t lost fat, you probably won’t.
- If you tell yourself you will never be happy, you will live in a sad pit of doom.
Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will do everything in its power to crush your hopes and dreams. You must destroy the villain doubt before it destroys you. Doubt’s greatest enemy is faith.
You have to believe in yourself! Search your heart and soul for reasons you CAN become fit, fierce, and fabulous. If you keep telling yourself you can’t lose weight, you probably won’t (because self-fulfilling prophecies almost always come true).
In fact, I want you to do an exercise for me. It will help you crush doubt with faith, AND it’ll only take like 15-20 minutes (what a deal!). If you have children, ask a partner or parent to watch them so you can do this alone. To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself: always remember this.
This exercise is part of the Mind + Body Transformation, a segment I lead my online coaching clients through. If you’d like more information about my coaching program, click here. Now onto the exercise!
Exercise: Analyze Your Inner Nature
Purpose: Discover your greatest strengths and weaknesses to establish a firm foundation of inner-strength from which to begin your fitness journey.
Find 15-20 minutes where you are free from any distractions. You need your Special Notebook, something to write with, and an atmosphere of peace and quiet.
Think about your successes and failures in the past. It could be related to a past diet or exercise plan, your workplace, a relationship, or anything at all.
First let’s look at your successes. What strengths did you use to achieve success? Exactly how did you accomplish this awesome thing? Do you notice any common strengths that resulted in multiple successes?
Now let’s look at the weaknesses. This might not be easy, but it will be beneficial. Don’t be afraid.
What weaknesses led to mistakes or errors of judgment in the past? Why did you fail to achieve this specific thing? Do you notice any common weaknesses that resulted in multiple mistakes?
After performing this exercise, you should be able to identify your most powerful strengths and most limiting weaknesses. This is very valuable information.
Armed with this knowledge, you can now prepare for more success. Ask yourself, “How can I use my strongest strengths to minimize or eliminate my weaknesses?”
Correcting a weakness is more time-consuming and tiresome than making it irrelevant with the power of a strength. For example, I am very bad at focusing in the evening. I simply cannot seem to get anything done, no matter how hard I try. To account for that, I do my high level tasks (such as writing or programming for my clients) in the morning, and I save leisure or mindless tasks (like chores) for the evening.
If you found strengths like patience, perseverance, or discipline, these are the kind of things you should work to develop even further.
If you found weaknesses like impatience, shortness of temper, or frustration, you should work to minimize these.
Analyze your strength and weakness inventory. Make a commitment to use this information wisely.
“If you allow yourself to breathe into the depth, wonder, beauty, craziness, and strife –everything that represents the fullness of your life — you can live fearlessly. Because you come to realize that if you just keep breathing, you cannot be conquered.”
I hope this exercise is helpful for you. You’re welcome to tell me if you learn anything about yourself in the comments. If you’d like to read more about the Mind + Body Transformation and my online coaching program, click here. See you next week!