a blog by Tia Spowart from www.tiastake.com
Get in your head.
A lot of trainers tell you to get out, but I say, get in. Instead of running from “I can’t do this” or the “I am too tired” thoughts that creep in, change the narrative. Change the thought process and pattern. We don’t learn anything by running away from problems. Pretending like something isn’t there only allows it to manifest into something bigger. “I can’t do this run” turns into “I am not good enough to come to class” which could turn into “I am not good enough”.
Flip it, part 1.
If you have come to my class, you’ve heard me say it before: change the narrative. Change the sorry that is running rampant in your head. Grab onto the thoughts, flip them around, and make empowering statements about your life. Replace the negative words for statements that will strengthen you and lift you up.
Flip it, part 2.
When you are facing something that definitely feels too big to handle, break it into smaller pieces. A great example is doing a long run out of the saddle. That run takes a strong foundation of skill and muscle to properly complete it. Instead of running wild out of the saddle, we start small by learning how to do jumps. “Jumps” are when we come straight up for a series of counts (usually 8, 4, or 2) and then go back down. We learn how to control our muscles and body in smaller increments. When done properly, jumps are JUST as hard as long runs, if not harder,; however, they are more manageable. If your instructor is leading a long run and you simply are not ready to do the whole thing, break it up! Stay up for 8 or 16 counts then sit back down again. Repeat until it is over, or, until you feel strong enough to run the whole segement. Replace the “I can’t do this run” with “I can jump for 8 counts at a time”!
You can do it. You need to want to do it.
Ultimately, you need to WANT to attack what is in front of you. You need to decide to show up and do it. Nothing will ever change from skirting the problem or just bowing out completely. There have been many days where I don’t think I can confront what is going on in my body; however, I WANT to see it get stronger. I WANT my body to be strong. I WANT my body to be healthy. That WANT is my fuel for my story. That WANT is what inspires me to change my “I can’t” into the biggest, best “I CAN!”
Yes you can.