Being a Healthy Self-Critic

Written on: February 12, 2018

So you have been working hard in the gym huh? You have been sweating day in and day out, and not only that but you have really kicked your nutrition into high gear. What I would like you to do right now is no matter where you are at, what you are doing or who you are with, I want you to take a deep breath and tell yourself that you are awesome and that you are proud of how far you have come.

What You Have to Understand About You

The thing is, the more you care about how hard you work out and how well your nutrition plan is going, the easier it becomes to see a distorted version of yourself in the mirror. The biggest problem with hitting in the hard in the gym is being a healthy self-critic. Think about it, YOU live with YOU! Of course you are going to notice every detail, every flaw and everything you deem wrong with yourself. The hard part is finding your GOOD qualities, the things that make you keep pushing forward. The last thing you need is to be your own worst enemy in this uphill battle.

What to Do About This

First thing you need to remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. If you do not feel like you are not reaching that body fat percentage that you want, or benching the weight you want to bench quickly enough just remind yourself of that very simple concept. I promise you that if you keep working hard, you will get it! The second thing you need to do is learn how to criticize yourself in a CONSTRUCTIVE and POSITIVE manner. Example: Instead of, “Geez, when I look in the mirror all I can see is this stupid belly fat that will NOT LEAVE ME ALONE! I hate this stubborn fat.” Rewrite your narrative to sound something like, “Wow, I am actually doing pretty good! I still need to work on this little bit of belly fat here. But otherwise I think I am doing pretty awesome!”

Trust me, re-wording your self- criticisms is a very healthy tool to use in your life. Learn how to be the role model that others can look up to. Teach yourself how to be an uplifting spirit that is full of confidence and life instead of thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.

You are awesome.

By: Tanner Porter

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