I was tired.
I didn’t want to train.
Instead of accepting the fact that I was tired, I started making up stories in my head. I got on the rower for my warmup and kept thinking, “I’m too tired. I’ve had a hard week. I can take it easy. Maybe I shouldn’t train today.”
Being tired was my excuse for staying in my comfort zone.
And then I became aware of what I was constantly saying to myself…”I’m too tired…I’m too tired”. It became a self fulfilling prophesy!
Once I became aware that I was actually entertaining my demons rather than exorcising them (ha, lame pun), I immediately became stronger. I made a choice to listen to them or not.
I thought about Sebastian Coe, who’s father used to tell him, “No matter how fast the race is, you can always go faster.”
It reminded me of the 20x factor.
The premise of the 20x factor was developed by Navy SEAL Marc Divine. You are capable of 20x more than you think you are. It’s centered around your belief system, behaviors and attitude.
Our belief system is based upon our own personal experiences and background. We all see the world through a different set of eyes. It’s important to remember that we all have a decision in how we view each situation. Creating self awareness in how we handle tough decisions or conflicts can give us insight into the best method of resolving them. Monitor your internal dialogue to gain some insight on your hard drive’s belief system.
“Most weak beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies because the belief leads to behavior that reinforces the belief…” Marc Divine.
Behaviors are a product of your belief system and thus create your habits. Monitoring your belief system (internal dialogue) will inevitably shed some light on what your habits are and why you do them! Behavior factors are the connection b/t mind and body. It’s where the rubber meets the road.
Often times, changing your behavioral system will change your belief system. Getting in shape, eating the right food, losing weight, gaining muscle foster a hard work ethic and yield confidence in oneself. Doing things that you weren’t physically able to do before can have terrific positive effects on your internal dialogue.
However, your attitude determines the balance b/t the two.
Your attitude, whether positive or negative, happy or sad, determines how you interpret the world. Do you play the victim, where bad things ALWAYS happen to only you? Or do you choose to see situations as merely life experiences, neither good nor bad? Depending on your attitude, it will shape your actions/reactions (behaviors) and your belief in yourself and others (belief system). Again, your internal dialogue is a great indicator.
One reason I love martial arts (inparticular Taekwondo) is that it teaches discipline of mind and body. The 5 tenets of Taekwondo are: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, indomitable spirt. Two of those things are pretty much the same thing!
Rule of thumb: Attitude. If you possess a “don’t give up” attitude, anything is possible!
“Often times the race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to he who endures till the end.”
Never Let It Rest,