A Strong Mind In A Strong Body
Yesterday I was at the Paper Store shopping for some gifts and cards and I came across a magnet that read, “What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?”.
How often do we NOT take risks or NOT attempt to do something scary or beyond our comfort zone because we are afraid that we will fail?
As Dr. Lisa Lewis explains in her most recent podcast interview with Nia Shanks, “A Strong Mind Is A Strong Body”, as humans we are animals who like to gain mastery over our environment and demonstrate that we are good at things. Therefore the thought that we might not be good at something, or the thought that we might fail, is very intimidating and prevents us from attempting something new and out of our comfort zone.
Her advice, “Approach more and avoid less.”
In this podcast she also talks a lot about Physical Competency; in that people who had access to sports and physical activities as children are more inclined to feel comfortable with exercise and physical activity as an adult. This access to sports and physical activities as a child gives one a sense of physical competency. The more competent we feel the more open we are to trying new physical activities like strength training.
People who were not exposed to sports and physical activities as children are more inclined to feel less competent about exercise and physical activity as adults and are more inclined as adults to feel intimated by something like strength training.
I created the workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift to help people in both of these groups.
I created the workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift to help people who were not exposed to sports and physical activity as children and who are more inclined to be intimated by strength training to find a way to overcome this fear, (whether their fear comes from the thought that they may build too much muscle and “bulk up”, or fear that they may get hurt, or fear because they don’t know what to do when it comes to strength training), and instead feel inspired, motivated, and empowered by strength training.
I created the workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift to help people who have been exposed to sports and physical activity as children overcome any obstacles they may have in their current training whether it be mental, program design, technique, or a loss of motivation for one reason or another.
I partnered with Dr. Lisa Lewis in November 2015 to offer an edition of I Am Not Afraid To Lift that added in depth expertise to the area of understanding mindset and motivation and subsequently help to build a strong mindset and intrinsic motivation from this understanding.
In her podcast interview with Nia Shanks, “A Strong Mind Is A Strong Body”, Lisa goes into more depth about learning what motivates us, about how to overcome this fear of failure, especially for people who never exercised or engaged in sports or physical activity as children and are just venturing into this new territory as adults.
After I finished listening to this podcast interview with Lisa my first thought was, “EVERYONE needs to learn from Lisa.” I have learned so much from Lisa in the past 6 months that we have worked together and this podcast interview gives listeners just a taste of what they can learn from her.
AND if you would like to learn even more from Lisa, and myself LIVE and in person, I hope that you will join us for I Am Not Afraid To Lift, a Power of Mindset Edition at Dauntless Fitness and Health in Severna Park, Maryland on April 2, 2016.
Learn more about the workshop HERE.
Read and watch testimonials and footage from past workshops HERE.
Register for the workshop HERE under the “Events” tab.
About Dr. Lisa Lewis
Dr. Lisa Lewis is a licensed psychologist with a passion for wellness and fitness. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology with a specialization in sport psychology at Boston University, and her doctoral research focused on exercise motivation. She uses a strength-based, solution-focused approach and most enjoys working with athletes and athletically-minded clients who are working toward a specific goal or achievement.
Lisa is also a certified drug and alcohol counselor, and has taught undergraduate courses as an adjunct professor at Salem University, Wheelock College, and Northeastern University in courses including exercise psychology, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology. Lisa currently works as the assistant director of a college counseling center in Boston, MA, and she has a small private practice in the nearby town of Brookline.
As a new addition to the “I Am Not Afraid To Lift” workshop, Lisa will integrate mental skills into the physical skills training of the day. Mental skills can enhance performance, maximize motivation and prevent barriers like negative thinking, fear, and self-doubt from interfering with goals.