Self Fulfilling Prophecy
A Self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior.
Not feeling it.
Not much energy today.
I am telling you right now, if there is one thing you can do today that will have a positive impact on the rest of your life, it’s eliminating the phrase “I’m tired” from your vocabulary. There’s no response I hate more when I ask someone how they are doing. Let’s forget the fact that everyone is tired, over worked and stressed…or that no one actually cares if you are tired. Let’s also forget that rather than engaging in a meaningful dialogue, you are attempting to use a common complaint as a conversation centerpiece. Let us instead focus on what effect those two simple words have on your mindset, and in turn, your body.
When you say out loud how tired you are, it’s not that you are announcing it to another person that makes it so detrimental, but you are engaging in a self-fulfilling prophesy of fatigue. Of course if you complain that you are worn out you will feel worn out. By admitting that you are tired your mind accepts the fact and thinks it’s ok to slow down and shut down. Suddenly the day seems longer, the run seems harder and your pace slows, the weights feel heavier, so you decide that you will finish the work out another day…maybe when you are better rested.
Stop. As easy as it is to give into that feeling and trick yourself into taking it easy, it’s just as easy to snap yourself out of the fog. Positive thinking is so critical, but most people only think to utilize it at “critical” times - praying for safe travel, confidently pursuing a promotion, buying a lottery ticket - when in reality the critical moments are all of the “in between” moments when your mindset and actions will shape an eventual outcome. Maybe that promotion at work would be within reach if you quit telling yourself how exhausted you are towards the end of the work day and accomplished more than is expected. You didn’t miss that PR on the deadlift because you were tired that day, in fact you felt great. It was the tail end of the last 20 workouts where you complained of fatigue and slacked off on your accessory work that cost you when it was time to shine.
When someone asks me how I’m feeling I always answer “great” without hesitation. Even if that is not always entirely true, what good would it do to say otherwise? I train on a daily basis as hard as anyone I have ever met, and when I feel thoughts of fatigue start to creep into my mind, I just lie to myself.
“I’m not tired”
“I feel great”
“I can do this all day”
Instantly that tired feeling goes away. The mind controls the body, not the other way around. So next time someone asks how you are doing or feeling, think before you speak. The rest of your day depends on how you answer.
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