Trust your Dopeness

You made your SMART goals. You have started exercising regularly. You’re eating pretty well. And you’re just not really feeling any better about yourself?

Is it possible that you’re unknowingly sabotaging your workouts?

This will not be an article about eating donuts after exercise. Or reading magazines on the elliptical. Hey, I occasionally eat donuts too.

It’s about how you treat yourself.

You see, I have this theory. It’s not backed by any scientific research that I’ve done or a Physiology journal I recently read. It is 100% anecdotal.

Just hear me out.

How you see yourself affects the productivity of your workouts. Moreover, how you see yourself effects the timeliness of the results of those workouts as well. Whatever your goal; weight loss, strength gains, general fitness, all are more readily obtained with a positive outlook.

I know that sounds super rosy and cliché.

Here’s my thoughts.

Many times I see people get into fitness, health, yoga, whatever based on the assumption that they are not enough. That they are missing something. What I generally see is two types of people: those who generally like themselves, can laugh at themselves, and want to get healthy simply because it would make them feel a little better.

And then there are the “punishers.” The “I’ll only like myself when…

When…I lose 20 pounds.

When…I have a boyfriend.

When…I get a new job.

Here’s the thing, losing five, ten, twenty pounds may help you feel more confident in the short term. And the exercise itself is so magical that it may help to change your outlook.

But…

You can be happy at a Size 12 and a Size 6.

Squats don’t make you a better person.

Handstands don’t mean you’re cool.

The words your feed yourself are POWERFUL. They will affect your workout productivity and your workout results.

What I notice is that people who tend to be overly hard on themselves, those who claim they’re not strong enough, not fast enough, not flexible enough, those who complain about the timeliness of results, get to those results a lot slower than someone with the same physical fitness threshold who has a generally positive outlook on life.

I know what you’re thinking: “Well shit, now you’re telling me I have to be happy too!”

Well, not really. Our society would have us believe that happiness is a pursuit. A game of work and receiving. Unfortunately, this is absolutely misleading. This I do know from much research and study in Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, etc. (Graduate school comes in handy every once and a while.) Once our basic needs for life are met, food, shelter, space, our happiness increases very little by what we have and even our validation by peers and society while it may fill us with pride in the short term is extremely fleeting and not a lasting source of contentment. In pursuing happiness outside of ourselves, we miss that happiness is just right here. Deep down inside waiting for us to receive it.

But you say, “Uh…that’s nonsense.”

Ok, fine.

I say, “Fake it till you make it.”

 

I push myself through some pretty though workouts. And you know what I’m thinking. “You ARE strong.” “You ARE a badass.” “Keep going, you sexy beast.” And IT WORKS!

When doubt creeps in and I think, “uh…no, you can’t do that.” You know what? I can’t!

The mind is the engine of the body. And it’s insanely powerful.

So you don’t believe you’re awesome? FAKE IT!

Tell yourself you’re strong. Tell yourself you’re fast. Tell yourself you’re amazing. And sooner or later your body will respond. And sooner or later you’ll start to believe it.

Because that’s the real truth.

YOU ARE AWESOME!

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

YOU ARE FREAKIN’ SEXY!

YOU ARE SO LOVEABLE AND CAPABLE OF LOVING OTHERS.

Get down with your bad self and treat yourself like a freakin’ champ.