Work to banish negative thoughts. Learn to recognize self-sabotaging thoughts and reverse them. The way you talk to yourself matters. Accept that living a disciplined life will be hard at times (that’s normal).

Instead of thoughts like:

“I can’t do this.”

“This is too hard.”

“I’ll never get better.”

Try these mantras instead:

“I can, and I will.”

“My hard work will pay off.”

“This struggle will be worth it.”

“I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Self-talk matters. Your negative self-talk can be so subtle; Yu wont even realize you’re was doing it. The mind is powerful, the way you talk to yourself matters. A self-critical inner voice can hold you back.

What are the stories you tell yourself?

Instead of “I can’t” try saying, “I’m working on it and getting better every day.”

Instead of “I am (Insert negative thought)” try “I’m resilient and improving every day.”

If you physically can’t do a pull up, it’s an honest, non judgmental statement to say “I can’t do a pull up.” If a pull up is your goal, then add a “yet” to the end. “I can’t do a pull up yet, but I am doing the hard work to get there.” Then work hard to get there.

Now that you are more aware of your self-talk, recognize negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks.

I can, and I will.

Will you? How’s your inner dialogue? Are you kind to yourself? Do you have hope for the future and faith in your abilities to figure it out? It’s the first step to success. You have to believe that you can, then you can do the work.

Take Action: Repeat a positive mantra in your head (or out loud, who cares if your neighbors think you’re crazy?).