The mind is a very powerful force.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.
As a man thinketh so is he.
So, we have all heard these kinds of sayings before, but what do they really mean? Are they true?
Yes, it is true! Attitude and belief are so powerful that most of us can't even believe it... and thus, we don't achieve our dreams.
The trick seems to be in getting ourselves to believe in ourselves.
Many of us believe that someone else can do it, but we know all of our own faults and weaknesses, and so we find it hard to believe that the victors can be us.
Do you know that according to the studies that have been done, the biggest reason that people survive battles with cancer is because they believe that they will. Think about that for a moment. Your best weapon against disease and disaster is your attitude.
“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. President Thomas S. Monson
While I was running cross-country in high school I learned a poem:
If you think you are beaten you are
If you think you dare not, you don't
If you'ld like to win but think you can't
It's almost certain you won't
If you think you will lose you are lost
For out of this world we find
Success is in a fellows will,
It's all in a state of mind.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
So what does all this mean in relation to your health?
It means that along with living a healthy lifestyle, you have to think healthy if you really want to see the best results.
People who succeed in programs to improve their health, believe that they will. They think of themselves as someone who is gaining and maintaining health.
Following a great program can fail miserably if we expect to fail. However following a lousy program and expecting to succeed can also fail.
Everything has to work together to succeed. Doing a good program with a good attitude will take anyone very far towards having their dreams come true.
But if our attitude says that it won't work, even though logically we want it to work, and it seems like it should work, we always seem to find ways to sabotage ourselves and halt our progress. We have to believe in ourselves and give ourselves permission to succeed and achieve great things.
If you really believe then you will find the way to make it happen. You won't make excuses for not following the program. You will be eager to do what it takes to accomplish the task, knowing that the outcome is going to be fantastic.
Many good programs don't work because people decide early on that it is going to be hard and they will probably not be able to stick with the program. As a result they can't stick with the program, and they don't. Then the tendency is to blame the program and say that it wasn't a good program in the first place.
One word of warning about this mind power. It is common for people to latch on to a program that sounds good. They jump into the program with both feet, really believing that this is the answer they have been looking for. They almost immediately begin to have success, and things are wonderful. But as time goes on, the effects of the program don't seem to continue at the same level. In fact they may even begin to have other problems that they didn't have before. At this point they say to themselves, "Well, that was a great program, but now I have to go and look for the next great program that will take me to the next level."
What has quite often happened here is that they latched onto a program that sounded good, but really wasn't. But the mind is so powerful, that it made the body believe that it was on a great program, for a while. But after a while the mind can't keep up the self deception.
However, when you do the right things for the right reasons, believing in the outcome you desire, with thankfulness in your heat to God for helping you to find the answers, you will continue to improve and enjoy life.
Think of yourself as one who wins and succeeds. Think of your challenges as blessings in disguise. Imagine yourself being able to do all the things you want to do.
Here is an easy way to see how this works. Go for a little jog in a hilly area. As you run up a hill notice the effort that it takes to get to the top of the hill, then turn around and run back down the hill, then turn around again and head back up the hill. But this time as you ascend the hill try to imagine yourself "coasting up the hill" as though you were running down it, lightly and easily. You will be amazed at how that simple thought can actually make running up a hill much easier.
We play mental games with ourselves all the time. The trick is to take charge and use those mental games to help us to achieve our best potential.
World champion athletes, picture themselves winning. Then they do.
Believe in yourself! You can do it!