The Gremlin that lives on your shoulder

If your not familiar with the Hit Film. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which than spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters.

I often like to think of these creatures as the negative thoughts that can sometimes creep into my subconscious.  It often starts as a little whisper questioning myself  Little by little leading to more and more self doubt.

The big issue with self doubt is, that it robs us of clarity of mind.  What happens when we have a lack of clarity we can’t function to the best of our ability.

Here are 4 steps i use to keep my gremlin away.

  1. Surround yourself with Positive people who make you feel better about yourself.  In my case   Oviedo Strength Community
  2. Positive imagery. I can only speak for one person.  often when i’m  in the middle of a workout or a difficult social situation and the Gremlin starts tapping me on the shoulder I like to think how far I have come. Remember that little boy who had no idea what he was doing and how proud all my family are of me.
  3. Set goals . To quote someone way smarter than me. If you don’t plan. You plan to fail. Maybe it’s a rhythm you want to maintain when you Row 1.55 or 2.06 . or breakdown the workout into several mini goals.
  4. Face your Fears   Ralph  Waldo Emerson said » Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain» . If running 3 mountains in a workout scares you. Run 3 mountains.

Comes back to a very simular point I talk about a lot. Be vulnerable. The most successful people I have met in the gym or the workplace. Look for difficult challenges. Like building muscle. No tension.. no pain. No growth.

Imagen going through your whole life without taking a risk?  The happiest moments in my life have come by doing something that scared me.  If you speak to 99% of people in loving relationships. They were scared and fearful when they asked to go on a date with their future partner. But from that fear grew something deeply special.

Your goal.. develop the self belief to put the gremlin to sleep.

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