When faced with a new task, ask, or challenge, often, the first thought that pops into your mind is “I can’t!” or “How am I ever going to do this?” To celebrate our new Up For Anything Tight here are five ways to psych yourself up to tackle just about anything.
1. Imagine The Best Outcome
Visualization is a powerful tool. Whether your goal is to summit a mountain or hold tree pose for longer than 15 seconds, envisioning yourself reaching the top or rooting into the ground will get your mind and body ready for the challenge. Creating a story in your mind can also help redirect any anxiety you might have. For extra support, come up with a short personal mantra you can chant leading up to and during the task. Something as simple as “I can. I will. I can. I will. I can. I will.”
2. Don’t Do It Alone
Taking on something, especially when it’s a new, possibly scary challenge, is always more fun with a pal, or a group of pals. It’s what we saw when our models for the Up For Anything campaign were asked to do some wild, in-the-air acrobatics. Rounds of encouragement made their way around the room, and high fives were flying through the air. Having cheerleaders by your side makes it easier to say yes to something you might have reservations about.
3. Have An Open Mind
If you go into a new situation already shut down, it’s going to be a lot harder to drag yourself out of that place. And if you do manage to push yourself into the new experience, you’re probably going to miss out on a lot of the magic. Tell yourself it’s good to try something once, and if you absolutely hate it, you don’t have to do it again. Chances are more likely your open mind will allow you to fully embrace a new experience that you’ll want to repeat.
4. Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
You’ve probably heard this dozens of times before, as it applies to many different situations. It’s probably an overreach to think anyone would be able to schedule a challenge every day, but the idea behind this one is that the more you expose yourself to new, different, and challenging situations, the less of a big deal they’ll be. Trying an inversion in yoga when you might normally pack up your mat can give you the confidence to take on much bigger things later.
5. One Step At A Time
You don’t have to throw yourself into anything with your eyes squeezed shut (although sometimes that helps). Approach the new challenge in small pieces – like preparing to run a marathon. Instead of lacing up your sneakers and seeing how far you can run before you give up, start with 30-minute runs and add on time only when you find yourself no longer needing to take walking breaks. Run 3-4 times per week with a 25% increase in mileage every two weeks. Before you know it, you’ll be running miles and miles without a second thought. You don’t have to jump straight to the main event. Work up to it.
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