You Can if you Think You Can

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You Can if you Think You Can

This simple message is more than cliche, it is as powerful as you believe it to be.

More than just the words, the meaning of such a small statement contains so much truth with regards to anything you put your mind to, and training with a kettlebell is no different.

The popular author Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book by the same name in the early 1970s, and the phrase is as true now and it was then and since the beginning of time and forevermore.

You Can, if You think You Can.

Do you believe it? Because believing in a thing is the very first step toward achieving the thing.

Take kettlebell training. You see it being used, talked about, written about and socially-mediated on an increasing basis. It is becoming more known and more popular for a reason. 

But still, you are not sure it is for you.

Do you think you can use and benefit from kettlebells?

If you think you can, you can. 

Sticktoittiveness is ability to endure until overcoming a very challenging obstacle. Another way to say persevere

You want to, you believe you can, you know you can, but so far you haven’t. You’ve tried, but it is just too far beyond you. For now. It means you have to keep at it, keep chipping a way little by little. You have to have sticktoittiveness. It is not the achievement of the goal that develops the skill to perform the goal. It is the steady work toward the achievement.

In other words it is the process that leads to the desired outcome. 

If you want it, and believe you can do it, you will do it. Here are some key steps to developing an idea, turning the idea into a goal and seeing it to its fruition. 

1. Schedule your workouts

Make a plan, set aside at least 30 minutes per day, for 3-4 days per week, which are dedicated as your exercise time.


2. Show up for your workouts

Despite all the intentions and big plans, the first and most important step to achieve fitness in kettlebell training or any other program is to show up for the workout, each and every time you have it scheduled

3. Completing the workouts

Did you plan for 10 sets, but feel tired and weak after only 5 sets? It’s ok to decrease the weight or even the number of repetitions you had planned, but finish all 10 sets. Were you intending to do a 3 minute set of Snatch, but feel like quitting after only 1 minute? It’s ok to slow down a bit, but finish the entire 3 minutes. Every time you set a goal and then quit before achieving it, you create a memory and habit that tells you it is ok to quit. Well, it’s not ok to quit, because what you believe is what you will achieve, and believing in quitting will sooner or later allow quitting to become a normal and acceptable behavior. That’s a negative belief pattern that does not serve you well. Instead, be flexible in the weight or speed you use in your exercises, just make sure to complete the time or repetitions you committed to.

In that way you will build confidence and the habit of finishing what your start. 

4. Record your results

Write not only the repetitions, weights, exercises, and rest periods, also jot down your thoughts. How did you feel, were you strong or did your feel weak and tired? By making note of your emotional states you will learn how to better match your workouts with your mental energy. You’ll know that when you are excited and pumped up, you can push a little harder than planned, and when you are feelings lazy and distracted, you may have to cut back on the intensity and volume. 

5. Review your training notes and goals to determine how realistic the goal-planning is for that particular phase of time. If you are meeting and exceeding your workout goals regularly, you are ready to create higher-level goals in the next phase of training. If you tend to fall short of the goals on most workouts, you will needed to back off a little and focus more on developing good form and mechanics to build a stronger base from which to grow from.

6. Recover well after each workout, starting with some cool-down and stretching, some healthy nourishment, plenty of hydrating fluids and some rest and relaxation. This will lead you to recover more fully and keep enthusiasm and energy high for your next workout. 

Believe that you are capable and you will achieve whatever workout goals are important to you. Just keep at it, be consistent and keep accurate records of your successes and failures.

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