Talk To Yourself: The Value of Self-Talk For Just About Everything
Self-Talk, Self-Regulation, Positive Thinking, Psychology
Have you ever caught yourself talking to yourself out loud? Ever wonder who is doing the talking? And who is that self talking to?
Recently, I participated in a 59-mile relay race. Each relay team had five people running two legs, and each leg was separated by the other team members, giving me a chance to dig a little deeper than usual into faster paces by inserting food and rest between the race legs. At the same time, the 50-mile and 50-kilometer ultramarathon racers were on the same course, completing their distances as solo runners. At 6:30am and the sun shining with barely a cloud in the sky, we were about to have an awesome, if not long day, of running.
Because of the length of the race, the rules did not prohibit racers from listening to music on their mp3 players. Yet as is my custom, I do not run with an iPod, even though there are plenty of scientific studies that show that people exercise longer and report less discomfort when they listen to music.
Why would I run without an iPod? Why wouldn’t I like the distraction? Why would I fly in the face of science?
I admit it. I talk to myself.
If I listen to music, I am too distracted to hear myself saying what it is I really need to hear in the moment. And in long endurance training and racing, you have some time out there to do some thinking! Might as well think the kind of thoughts that transform you from meh to amazing.
It’s time for me to share with you the value of positive self-talk, not just for races and performance, but for just about everything in life. I want you to know how to unlock one of my secret sauces to awesomeness.
Ready? Let’s go!