Amy Renn
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January 27, 2014
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Positive self talk puts you in the driver’s seat

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Here we are entering yet another magnificent year, but one with great uncertainty.

Every single day, life opens a door with a new opportunity that can either be taken or left behind. Sure, it’s possible to cruise through your life, letting go of the reins with a follower’s mentality.

But is that living your life the way you fall asleep dreaming it should be?

In an instant it could all change: circumstances, hardships, fortune.

Yes, each day’s outcome is unknown, but one thing is for certain: We don’t have to take a back seat and wait for life to happen.

We have a lot more say in our future then we give ourselves credit for: How we live, how we eat, how we move, how we deal with what comes our way and what we tell ourselves.

A common thread throughout sport psychology is that self talk, positive, and oh yes, that negative voice, is one with which we are all too familiar.

For athletes of the highest caliber to the everyday Dan who is eager to just move, that inner voice and what we tell ourselves plays a huge role in our success and a critical role in one’s performance.

Athletes are often encouraged to focus on their physical skills for optimal performance and less on their mind and mental skills.

Positive self-talk can be beneficial to an athlete or non athlete by impacting their self confidence, anxiety control, concentration and mood.

Negative talk or dismissing a recurring or dominant thought or feeling can have detrimental effects.

How many of us can look back and say “If I had just listened to myself,” or “I saw it coming” or telling ourselves “I can’t do that, that is impossible,” “I did horribly, that is way beyond my ability.?”

I truly imagine most of us have heard one or all of these statements in our heads.

So what I encourage for this upcoming year, along side any resolution you made, is this: Listen to yourself, speak kindly to yourself, replace negative with positive.

As Saturday Night Live’s Stuart Smalley eloquently stated: “Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit, people like me!”

Remind yourself you are in the driver’s seat and guide your life in the direction you envision. Balance your physical and mental skills with more positive self talk and you will succeed.

A fitness and healthy living advocate, Amy has a master’s degree in kinesiology, is a certified personal and group trainer, yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist since 1999. Inspired by her love of the outdoors and its relationship to fitness, Amy started Terra Firma Fitness in 2004.


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