Do any of these statements sound familiar?
I’ll never be able to do that…
I’ll never be good enough for that…
I’ll never beat this..
I’ll never get better…
This is always going to happen to me..
I’m too old for that…
I’m willing to wager that you’ve heard something similar to these statements coming from someone in your life recently. You’ve probably heard them coming from your own mind a time or two also.
Why is this such a common occurrence? Why do we hear things like this from so many people? Why is it that we tend to believe things like this about ourselves so easily? Why do those beliefs become so strong that we have trouble believing otherwise?
All of us develop self limiting beliefs as a normal result of our cumulative life experience and study. When we mentally arrive at a believable conclusion about whether something is or isn’t a certain way, we tend to hold on to the belief and rarely question it again.
Some self limiting beliefs we need. Like the self limiting belief that we cannot jump off a 10 story building and not get hurt. That’s a keeper. However, many of our self limiting beliefs are ones we don’t want to keep. In fact, some may be blatantly false.
Like….who’s says a physical problem can’t get any better? Really? You mean to tell me that not a single thing that this individual does is going to make one small shred of difference in whether they get better, worse or stay the same?
The person attached to a mouth that makes such a statement should, in my opinion, be stripped of his/her legal right to advise an individual about how to handle a health problem. But that’s another rant for another time.
Why does this all this matter?
While working with well over 600 people in my practice over the past 12 years, I have seen the amazing, life changing outcomes that can be experienced through the continual process of properly dosed, administered and progressed exercise. Often, people are amazed at how far they could get with less work and time than they expected.
Of course, then there is the “normal” person whose body changes much slower than they expected and needs more work than they expected.
I remember this being a battle for me early in my exercise and fitness life. I was 80 pounds overweight and 10 months in to a 26 month chemotherapy protocol to treat my advancing leukemia. My body was in such bad shape that I couldn’t finish a 2 block long walk from Siesta Key Beach to Siesta Key Village just a few months earlier. To say it was a gruesome situation would be an understatement.
Once I had my wake up call that something needed to change, something did change. My lifestyle. I started doing almost daily exercise and trying to clean up my diet. I had a sense that in 90 days I would really notice a difference. My sense was wrong.
Other than just feeling a little stronger and less fatigued, I couldn’t tell much had changed. As a result, I battled self limiting beliefs about my situation.
“See, you weren’t fit back then, so you can’t get fit now”
“Most people fail when they try to transform their body. You’ll be one of them.”
“What does it matter anyway, you’re not worth anything better than this.”
“It’s too much work and it won’t be worth it.”
At that point, I had a choice to make. Allow my self limiting beliefs to conquer my resolve, or allow my resolve to conquer my self limiting beliefs. The rest is history.
You and I will be faced with this choice again and again. This choice will be the one that determines our future and if we are not careful, that future will be one that we didn’t hope for.
As you may know, I have recently launched the Health Autonomy Workshop Series where the central goal is training people in self management strategies that keep your body strong, healthy and feeling good. I wholeheartedly believe that workshops like these ARE the future of the rehabilitative and performance exercise industries. Empowering people to better control their own health destiny has always been a winning formula for me as a professional.
I will be totally frank with you though, if you don’t find and conquer your self limiting beliefs, none of the “how-to” stuff matters. This is why, in my second workshop module we dug deeply into self limiting beliefs, how to flush them out, how to break them and how to replace them with new and empowering beliefs by following the 4-legged stool formula. You’ll have to watch the video to find out what that is.
You can watch the lecture and discussion for FREE by clicking on this link- Health Autonomy Workshop Series Module 2: Overcoming Self Limiting Beliefs and Replacing Them With Empowering Beliefs
I hope you have a fantastic rest of your day and I BELIEVE that better things than you expect are ahead for you! I hope you believe that too!
Founder: Non-Fiction Fitness