Sometimes we try to control things that we don’t have any power over. This can overwhelm us with feelings of disappointment, causing us to act out of character. Everybody responds differently to a loss of control. Learning about our triggers can help us to pinpoint the mechanisms of our discomfort and our loss of motivation. In my experience, the people who have control over you don’t realize how much they influence your behaviour. When somebody shares a strong remark with you, the phrase may still resonate with you years into the future. While they probably forgot about the whole event, it might still be tearing you down. You will bring exactly what they said to light and eventually assume that identity.
This is why a positive fitness community is so important. If you're in a fitness environment full of doubters who watch, stare, and judge your every action, it'll influence your behaviour. Instead of powering through your workout, you lose focus and become concerned about the negative energy around you. The burning sweat that you bring to the gym will transform into a cold chill of worry, anger and frustration. In reality, none of this is happening.
I am here to tell you that the control is yours. Feel the way you want to feel, no matter what anyone says. You have the control to pick yourself up, dust the negativity off, and get back in the game. Nobody else has the right to control your emotions. You earn your progress. You live your progress. You have the ability to control your the emotions that stem from your progress. Control is yours for the taking, if you choose to accept it.
This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his PumpUp page! How did you take control of your emotions today? Let us know in the comments below!