You don’t have to recite your affirmations in the mirror like Stuart Smalley on SNL. Although it worked for Michael Jordan 😂
Of course, some external motivation keeps you going. Such as pep talks from friends or coaches. But it all comes down to your internal motivation.
When I had cancer, I had loads of support from friends, family, and doctors. But at the end of the day, I had to decide to fight. And I had to believe I could win.
4 Ways Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life
Whatever your goal, your mind determines your success or failure. So when doubt creeps in, remind yourself that you can reach your goal. Then visualize yourself achieving it.
Studies show that your self-identity motivates your actions1. Meaning, you can change your behavior by identifying as the type of person who embodies your goal.
For example, if you portray yourself as a health-conscious person, you’re more likely to have healthy habits like exercising. Since working out is consistent with your identity.
That doesn’t mean you should try to be someone you’re not. Rather, visualize yourself as the person you want to be.