I read a short but SWEET article in Shape Magazine last month about boosting your chances of success…at anything. I was intrigued when I read that title. “Sign me up for that,” I thought. The message was simple and while not entirely new presented a twist that I had not thought of or tried before. You know what? It’s been working.
When facing an intimidating task, a simple switch of words — thinking of a job as difficult instead of impossible — can make all the difference. “The brain does what we tell it to,” says Srinivasan Pillay, M.D., the author of Life Unlocked. “If you send it the message that whatever you’re attempting can’t be done, it will give up without trying. But if you just admit that it’s going to be tough, your brain will begin to engage in the task and come up with a plan.” While changing your mindset doesn’t guarantee success, it does ensure you’ll get one step closer. Shape Magazine (Shape Your Life News, Sep 10)
I used this method while out running the other day and my inability to do what I like to call “sustainable running” vanished (for awhile). I was able to keep running with a simple switch of words from “This is too hard, I am not going to be able to do this,” to “this part will be challenging, but I CAN do it.” I did.