The mental side of your fitness journey is equally, if not more, important, than the physical side.
No matter how much you know about food, workouts, cooking, or running shoes, if you are not in the right head space, it’s useless. We live in a world of massive available information, yet we’re more out of shape and overweight than ever. You don’t need more “how to” in your life that is for sure.
The one thing I focus on with my clients is the way they look at the world, and themselves. Controlling, even changing over time, the negative self talk is critical.
Over the years I have committed myself to reading a lot of books, attending personal growth seminars like Benchmark, seeing an EMDR therapist, and more. I’ve done a lot of work to be the best coach I can be for YOU.
I would like to pass on my top 5 book recommendations to help YOU overcome self doubt, criticism, and negative self talk:
1) You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: If a few cuss words won’t scare you off, this is a great book on mindset, the power of our thoughts, and how to make things happen in your life by getting it out there and then getting to work!
2) Unlimited by Jillian Michaels: If you like the tough love, no BS, Jillian from the game show, this book is right up your alley. She gets personal and lets you in, while also telling it like it is. This was one of the first books I ever took on.
3) The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz: I believe this is one of the all time best selling mindset books. I read it later in my personal growth journey and it was one I would have loved to pick up years earlier.
4) Stop Saying You’re Fine by Mel Robbins: Another “real talk” approach, helping you get to the root of what you really want AND why you want it, so that you “parent yourself” as she says. As someone who can always use more discipline, but hates guilt and obligation, it’s great.
5) Loving What Is by Byron Katie: Sometimes our self talk is simply because we have expectations that are different from reality. A great lesson in acceptance, this book helped me find the truth in my negative thoughts, and turn them around.
Obviously this list could be much longer, and I would encourage anyone who is struggling to consider attending a Benchmark Discovery Course for more of an experience, but the first step to changing the way you think is to actively purse a different outlook.
By doing just 10 pages a day, or listening to 10 minutes of an audio version, you can get through more than 1 book each month. Keep that up for a year and you will have learned 15 books worth of new ways to look at yourself, and the world. How cool is that!?!
I hope this is a great starting list for you, and feel free to send me any of your favorites so I can add them to my list of books to check out =D
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