Yes I can!

Motivating yourself or imagining yourself beating your own record improves athletic performance, but this system can be applied to many other areas of our lives.

The principle of "healthy mind in healthy body" could be complemented with that of "confident mind, healthier body", according to the latest research on positive psychological preparation applied to sport, the results of which could also be extrapolated to other areas of personal life.

Thinking "I can do better" can actually improve the physical performance of the person who thinks that, according to a paper published in the journal 'Frontiers in Psychology', aimed at identifying which are the most effective motivational techniques.

The researchers found that people who used self-talk, mentally repeating phrases such as "I can do better next time", played better than those who did not apply this method. The greatest improvements in performance were observed when participants mentally repeated “I can beat my own mark” or “I can react faster this time”, or imagined themselves playing and beating their own mark, or playing and reacting more faster than last time.

The performance of the participants improved when previously viewing motivational videos, in which they received suggestions from an Olympic champion, who recommended mental preparation along with physical training.


Another study from the Department of Sports Sciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany, shows that people benefit more from physical exercise and increase their well-being when they believe that this activity will have a positive effect on them. People can be positively influenced when it comes to exercise before doing it.

For the clinical psychologist and body therapist Margarita García Marqués, these studies are one more demonstration of the great power that a person's beliefs have in their own life, and their conclusions regarding the influence of a positive mental attitude “can be applied to other facets of existence. Thinking about a goal is the first step on the road to action, and when you have a positive belief or thought toward it, it is much easier to achieve it. When the belief is negative, it pulls the person back psychologically ”, explains García Marqués.

“Beliefs are forged in early childhood when parents and family encourage children by saying 'you can do it' or discourage them by saying 'you are not worth it or you are not useful', which is fixed in their unconscious and, throughout the life, implies that the individual has to put more or less effort to get things ”, according to García, for whom we say to ourselves 'yes, I can do it!', it helps and encourages us to persevere, to overcome difficulties and to try as many times as necessary to achieve the objective ”, he emphasizes.

When a person who believes that he can do something wrong or makes a mistake, interprets it as needing more practice to reach the goal, and then he continues practicing and working to acquire the necessary skill, points out this psychologist, who adds that "there are things that you have to practice them many times until you reach a point where they turn out well ”. On the other hand, those who believe that they 'cannot' blame their mistakes and failures on their being useless, unable or useless, and stop trying to remedy them and move forward, prematurely abandoning the effort to achieve their goal, often and ironically. , on numerous occasions when they are about to get it.

According to García Marqués, this phenomenon is something that occurs not only in sports, but also works at all levels of life, such as studies or work. "Beliefs also influence affections, because if someone feels worthy of being loved, they will attract more people or risk getting closer to who they are attracted to, but if they do not feel worthy of receiving love, they will do something to spoil the approach or the relationship or it will leave them before the slightest difficulty or verification that things are not as expected ”, he points out.

One of the aspects that we work through therapies and psychological games in a workshop called 'inner child' consists of recognizing the beliefs that we have acquired in childhood and that have a lot of power in our mind, because they are what lead us to feel that we can or not getting something, and they can limit our life if they are negative.



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