There is a voice in your head that is constantly talking: you know the one. It's the voice that reminds you to stop at the bank, to set the alarm so you can get up to exercise, or to remember to turn off the television and get off the couch.
It's the voice that tells you to substitute the loaded baked potato for steamed and butter-less broccoli. It's the same voice that brings up a funny that makes you laugh out loud.
Sometimes that voice can be positive; it reminds you that you're special and capable of doing anything you want in this life. She gives you verbal affirmation that you're disciplined and make healthy choices because you bought low-fat Swiss cheese; or because you did 14 pushups in your bootcamp class.
Other times, that voice will tell you that sleep is more important than getting up to hit the gym. Or, it's fine to eat that extra slice of pizza because you'll run it off the next day.
That little voice can do some major damage to your diet and workout routine.
Instead of listening to that voice, stand up to it.
Use The Voice for Positive Motivation
Discipline, determination and accountability are three factors that we can all tie into self-motivation. It's wonderful when you have someone who can support and inspire you—but you can use your own inner voice for support and inspiration!
When you're struggling on mile 6, tell your inner voice you need some help. Your inner voice might tell you to stop, but tell it, "No." Train it to help you get through rough patches. Then use your voice as a motivator to keep going when it says, "You can get through this. You rock!"
Your inner voice can be the biggest road block if you let it. It's a mind game, but you have to change the way you think to get your inner voice to give you positive reinforcement.
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