When I talk about belief, I’m specifically referring to the belief in yourself. Maybe “self belief” or “belief in self” is more accurate?
A belief is a feeling of being sure that something is true.
If I have a belief in myself, it’s a belief that I know something about me is true. Or, I believe that I have the ability to do something.
An example might be that I believe I am a creative person or I believe that I can workout 3 times a week on a regular basis.
The opposite of this might be doubt.
Applied to the context of fitness or nutrition; if I believe that I am the type of person that will follow through with my plans and goals, I’m probably more likely to succeed at them. The belief actually leads to the success!
If I have doubt in what I can do, it’s hard for me to get going and I likely fail.
When I start coaching with my clients, one of the first things we start to do is build their belief. Belief in themselves and what they can achieve. If they want long-term success they need to feel confident that they are the type of person that will be able to follow through.
How does one build this belief?
Great question! 🙂
As I’ve said in many other posts, like here and here, a big key to success is starting small. Set some small achievable goals so you can build a foundation of success. As you succeed, you feel better and better about your ability to re-produce that success.
The next step is knowing when to start adding complexity and how to progress, but I’ll talk more about that next week. For now we’ll stick to building the belief.
I see it time and time again where people have a great excitement towards their goals and want them NOW. They want the results as quickly as possible, so they start full steam ahead.
They go from working out less times than they can count on one hand over the past 3-6 months to going to the gym 5 days a week over night.
Ever done that?
Heck, even I’ve done that!
I had a couple months with a scarce workout routine and then when I got back on track I thought I could do everything I used to do 2 months earlier. Let’s just say it was tough to sit down for a few days…
Anyway, moving along…
The problem with this aggressive approach is that it sets us up for failure. By trying to take on too much and rush our results, we end up failing. Instead of building belief we build doubt. We don’t see that we can succeed so we doubt if it’s even possible.
If you jump into 5 days a week and only get 3 it feels like a failure. But if you start with 3 days a week and happen to get 4, that’s a HUGE victory!
So again, start small, get yourself some wins and enjoy the success. Setting yourself up for success will help you build the belief that you know you can do it. You’ll believe in yourself and your ability.
What is your self belief with fitness or nutrition? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.