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The Power of the Pat on the Back

It is said that most humans respond more favorably to positive reinforcement than they do to negative.

The past few weekends, I have cheated on my diet.  This behavior leaves me feeling guilty, and like a sloth on Mondays.  I tend to constantly focus on everything that I do wrong– Had cheese on a burger, had a beer, ate too much rice, smashed four pieces of pizza, ate three buffalo wings, etc…

Constantly bashing yourself just may not be the key to getting you to desist in these undesirable behaviors.

Here’s what I’m going to try… Why not try it too?

I always encourage you to stay positive in everything that you do in order to successfully accomplish your goals.  Why not apply this tactic here?

Today, I really wanted a girl scout cookie.  I resisted.  I wanted an extra scoop of protein after my WOD merely because it tastes so delicious.  I resisted.  I wanted a glass of wine (I don’t drink during the week–Thursdays excluded). I resisted.  Then, I totally wanted to overeat at dinner; eat way past the point of being full.  I resisted.

Rather than focusing solely on what I do wrong, why not focus on what I’ve done right during the day?  How about making a mental checklist of all of these desirable behaviors and wise decisions?

By mentally or even verbally (there’s no shame in talking to yourself) commending yourself, you just may be more likely to repeat these positive behaviors.

Don’t underestimate the power of the pat that you give yourself on your own back.

Have you checked out some of the Prom pictures on the Shoreline CrossFit Facebook page?  All of them will be uploaded by tomorrow night.

Have you checked out some of the Prom pictures on the Shoreline CrossFit Facebook page? All of them will be uploaded by tomorrow night.

Your coaches got the "LP Pose" down!

Your coaches got the “LP Pose” down!

They may get up early, but they can also stay out late!

They may get up early, but they can also stay out late!

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2 Responses for The Power of the Pat on the Back

  1. Tricia Anderson:
    March 25, 2014 01:45 pm

    So positively speaking, I am going to give myself a pat on the back because I only had one GS thin mint cookie, not the whole sleeve and I’m not going beat myself up about it. I feel better :-)

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    1. LP:
      March 26, 2014 10:15 pm

      Now just imagine how hard you could pat yourself if you resisted completely!!

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