I wrote in an earlier post my goal to run a marathon this
February and how running is ninety percent mental and only ten percent
physical. You have to have your mind trained in order to get out there and
pound the pavement for 26 miles. Even on my low mile days, if I begin thinking,
“I do not feel like doing this today,” I have a bad run. If, however, I think
about how beautiful the day is, how blue the sky, how fresh the breeze, before
I know it the big hand on my watch has moved up six numbers and the run is
over. As with most things in life, it is all in the head.
I picked up a running magazine while at the store the other day and there on
page 22 was an article about the mental portion of running. The author, Sarah Scholl, discussed things that a person
can do to regain their thinking and to turn the negative into a positive.
Face it: Certain things are likely to happen on any given
day, whether we are mothers, business owners, or marathon runners. We step on a
toy, the kids color on the wall, an employee quits or a client leaves. If you
wake up on the right side of the bed you probably shrug your shoulders and say,
That is life. If you wake up on the wrong side, well, you probably curse
some and then let these annoyances dictate how the rest of your morning will
I realized the strategies I was reading about for running
could be used for any aspect of life, for turning the negative into the
positive. So, here you go, a few things that you can do when you are feeling a
bit down and you need to turn that mental switch back to positive.
First, talk to yourself about what things may go wrong and
then make a plan for them. For instance, if your employee quits, you might have
to pick up another shift or retrain a new employee. Now, plan for that. Think:
I’ll run an ad in the paper. I’ll spend a half hour next Saturday training the
new guy. Just making a plan can turn your negative into a positive. You have
control over it and there are no more surprises. Really, isn’t it always much
better when you are prepared for something and it happens than when you think
it will never happen and it does?
Another tip: Think of a cue word that can trigger you back
to the positive. If you start negative talking in your head, say this word. My
word is butterfly, and I see a visual when I say it. When I begin to feel angry
or unhappy I think of a butterfly to train my mind to go back to the positive.
Happy Friday, moms. I hope that your week was a good one,
and your weekend even better!