The Power of Positive Thinking

I have recently been reading the book The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and I have been struck by one particular chapter and would like to share his wisdom with you.

Now don’t worry – I am not going to start telling you that having faith in God will get you closer to your fitness goals. I have no doubt that it will but I have found great motivation from the principles outlined in the book, without using prayer.

I would like to share with you the idea of thinking positive results.

Believing that you can do what you have set as your goal. Making fabulous goals and then knowing that you will get there.

Positive thinking is everything when it comes to fitness. You are not going to achieve your best possible results if you think defeatist thoughts.

I have been guilty of this before so many times! I wanted an abs last year for example, but I never really thought it was possible. I knew just how hard it is for ladies to get their abs to show. The required body fat levels are so low! It’s a lot harder than it is for a man because they were not designed to hold fat like us. It’s so unfair (or thats what I was telling myself) so I never ever got there.

And how could I have been expected to get there when I didn’t believe in myself that I could?

It would have been a complete miracle.

And I can see now that my thinking was not allowing me to be able to achieve what I wanted to. I wanted something that I didn’t believe I could have. So in a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of way I didn’t get it.

So if you are thinking of New Year’s Resolutions and you really want to achieve them, then make sure that you truly believe that you can get there. And you should really believe. Don’t doubt yourself. Was it Walt Disney that said “if you can dream it, you can do it”? It’s so true!

The path to success starts with a dream. This is developed into a goal which can be broken down into smaller sub-goals. With faith in yourself that you can achieve each goal that you have set for yourself then you will. And when you do you should reward yourself for your success and then move on to the next goal, and all the time closer to that initial dream.

With belief, dedication and a clear goal you can achieve what you want. I’ll even get my abs to show one day. And that one day is gonna be in 2011 – I KNOW it this time.


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