"Positivity is such a high predicator of success rates." - Shawn Achor
How many times have you walked into the gym and thought to yourself (or said out loud) "I hate (insert movement that you dislike)" or "This is going to be hard"? Maybe it wasn't so extreme. Maybe your first thought was "I can't do that" or, even more subtle, "I'm just going to go easy today."
While there certainly are times when dialing back your intensity during a workout is appropriate, we all fall into the trap of "taking it easy" because we are not sure that we will do well. (BTW, this also includes "cherry picking" your workouts and not showing up at all when there's something you don't want to struggle with.)
Let's take this to another level.
How many times have you said "I'll buy that pair of jeans/bathing suit/dress when I lose 5/10/20 more pounds"? "Or, perhaps, I just want to get to a 100/150/200 pound press/squat/deadlift"?
While we definitely encourage to have goals and to know why you are training the way you are, it's very easy to allow those goals to become oppressive to the point that you focus on not having your goal more than the process of obtaining it.
In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor turns the popular belief that "success leads to happiness" on its head. The truth is, according to Achor, happiness fuels success.
"Every single relationship, business and educational outcome improves when the brain is positive first. If you cultivate happiness while in the midst of your struggles, work, at school, while unemployed or single, you increase your chances of attaining all the goals you are pursuing...including happiness."
Pay attention to how you approach your workouts, your fitness goals and the healthy lifestyle you are working toward. Focus on finding the positive in each moment and learn to train happy.