Changing your mindset can help with lots of in your life but especially when it comes to how you approach to regular exercise. Getting the motivation and being mentally positive can be hard and a lot more challenging than the physical aspect, but its an important process for everyone from athletes and weekend warriors!

These following steps could really make a difference in your achieving success on a performance or results basis.

1 Champions don’t just talk to they listen to themselves

Sometimes the best thing you can do to get out of a funk is to start paying attention to your feelings and respond accordingly. If you tend to doubt yourself your efforts will result in a negative outcome, try to flip the script and say positive things to yourself. It’s vital to give yourself encouragement to succeed and to try and achieve the goals you are after, but it also pays to be realistic. You don’t need to be a perfectionist and guarantee that you’ll ace every single challenge on the first go – but you need to believe in yourself no matter what.

2. Winning is an attitude

Sometimes it can be hard to stay upbeat when things aren’t going your way. Remember, winning is an attitude, and only you can control your outlook on the world. Having a positive outlook can help set the tone for your workout – and beyond.

Having the tools to possess a can-do-attitude is not as hard as you might think. Track your goal on paper to make it real, taking it out of your head and create a calendar or training plan and put it somewhere visible throughout your day to help reinforce the things you wish to achieve.
Posting motivational quotes or messages around your house, office or car can also help establish the positive mindset you’re after. Once you expand your goals, you can keep yourself motivated in the long term.

3. Visualisation is a superpower

By spending a few minutes every day visualising yourself performing up to your standards and the amazing feeling you’ll have after accomplishing your goals. You’ll get a better sense of what you’re after, and your brain is already in the right headspace to get there. Success doesn’t come as a surprise, since you’ve already been there in your head.
As you go through these visualisation exercises, to heighten the experience listen to a sound track that makes you feel energised. Listening to music that puts you in a winning state of mind while visualising yourself accomplishing your goals makes you the star of the show which you can replicate in the real world.

4. Recovery is a must

When you really want to achieve your goals, it’s easy to over train and not give yourself the recovery time you need. You might think taking some time off from training could throw you off track – but the truth is, it’s exactly what you need. Lots of times we have the opposite approach, where we over train and under recover, and then we burn out.
Burning out physically is equally draining mentally, as your body doesn’t perform the way you know it can. Cut your body and your brain some slack, and be sure to schedule in some time out of the gym or off your usual exercise activities.

Try these steps to keep you mentally positive in your approach towards exercise and you will be well on your way to achieving a regular pattern.