What are positive affirmations? They are statements that we tell ourselves to provide encouragement. Yes, it’s true, we all talk to ourselves. This is normal and an important part of our psychological well-being. What we say to ourselves is crucial to how we feel and how we act. Positive affirmations help athletes with self-talk and preparation for participating in their sport. They are short, simple statements that athletes tell themselves during an event. A way to construct positive affirmations is to first identify negative statements you have said to yourself during a run or walk. Then, take the negative statements and reframe them into something positive. Often times, if I am struggling during a run, I will remind myself that difficulties occur and that they are normal. Working through difficulties is a part of long distance events. The challenge becomes how we replace negative thoughts with more positive thoughts. It is important to construct affirmations in the present moment that focus on our goals. For example, when I am struggling during a long run, I may say to myself that I am feeling terrible and I want to stop. However, during these times, I will repeatedly tell myself, “going long, feeling strong”. This is a simple reminder for me to focus on positive thoughts that will support and encourage positive feelings and outcomes. What works for you?
*Mark Jagos LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, sports performance counselor, and personal consultant who has participated in numerous marathons and local races and counsels athletes in mental training for sports and exercise. To schedule an appointment please call 810-624-7631.