What are Brain Demons?
Have you ever set yourself a challenge (or had one set for you) and you've started off with such determination and a feeling that you can and will achieve it. Then somewhere along the way a little doubt creeps in with a niggling 'brain demon' which delivers a blow so cutting it saps all that motivation away, mine started with 'oh my there's no way I can run 5K'.......Then bam before you know it this one thought evolves into huge self doubt and you hit motivation rock bottom perhaps even dreading turning up? These are what I call the brain demons.
Top 5 tips to overcome Brain Demons
Each year I take on at least one challenge for charity and every time I encounter these demons. Over the years I've been trying out various ways to overcome them so I thought I'd share the most effective ones with you. So, whether its a charity challenge like me or a challenge relating to work or your personal life, you can apply these Top 5 Tips and finally feel like you're winning the battle and go on to achieve your goal.
1. Every time a niggle has entered my head I've sang my favourite song, which happens to be Sunshine on a Rainy Day, in my head as loud as I can. That song can't help but make me smile and I find the demons subside.
What's your favourite song that makes you smile? Sing it and drown out the demons.
2. I've then replaced my internal negative words with something I do want instead of what I don't e.g. I can do this, everything is fine.
Think about what you do want, rather than repeating in your head what you don't.
3. I've purposefully big'd myself up as much as I can, saying I've done well, I'll feel really proud when I've achieved this and all the work I've put in is really paying off. I find this gives my motivation a little lift to fend off the demons a little quicker.
What have you done well, now tell yourself these things often.
4. Keep your eye on the prize: I keep reminding myself why I signed up to this in the first place. I find the brain demons take that away and I focus on all the drawbacks instead of the reason I took on the challenge. I'm doing it for a really good cause which is close to my heart and that's important to remember.
Ask yourself why are you doing this and keep the reasons clear in your mind.
5. I've purposefully focused only on the next step, the challenge feels like a mountain and seeing it that way makes me feel small and that I'll never get there. Looking only at the next step doesn't feel so hard and takes away the overwhelming pressure.
Forget about the size of the mountain, all you need to know is what's the next step.
So far the demons are being kept at bay, it's not that they're not there, its just I'm shaking off each one as it comes. Roll on the Spartan Sprint!!
No matter what challenge you're facing I hope practising these top tips will help you achieve the outcome you want. I'd love to hear how you're getting along so feel free to post your comments and updates.
Until next time.
PS If you'd like to help me reach my charity fundraising target for the Spartan Sprint you can donate by clicking here. All donations are very happily received and each one helps a very good cause. Thank you.