“I’ve ruined my diet” is a motivation-crushing phrase. We like to think that we’re a pretty trustworthy analyst of our own fitness lives, but we’re often wrong—and making our own bleak analysis can actually cause a bad outcome.
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that causes itself to become true. These are dangerous in fitness, where mindset is often the determinant of success. Here are three of the most common, and how you can overcome them.
- “Ruining your diet”? Know that there’s benefit in failing on your diet.
- Training won’t always be good. I certainly have off days, and days that are certainly better than others. Make the most of it, when you can. And I know lots who’ve recorded themselves on their Garmin/etc, thinking they had a bad day only to find out it was a good one. So there’s something to be said for having technology to give you more insight.
With a little knowledge and self-compassion…