Legendary New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra is known as much for his refreshingly humorous sayings as for his baseball talents. Yogi had a knack for serving up truths in ways that nobody had ever considered in the past. Here are a few of our favorite witticisms:
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
“Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.”
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
There’s a great Yogi-ism about baseball that can be applied to life as well:
“90% of this game is half mental.”
Yogi’s message was about mental focus. Strength, speed and baseball skills will only take you so far – a player without a fully developed mental side will never be a superstar.
Success in baseball, and in many other things in life, is the result of conquering challenges created within our own minds. How often do we tell ourselves that we CAN’T do something? How often do we forego attempting something altogether, worrying more about hurdles that we perceive rather than the actual challenge before us?
Just how powerful can the mind be? Powerful enough to make us eat too many sweets. Powerful enough to allow us to get us off our healthy routines. And certainly powerful enough to talk us out of getting enough exercise.
So, how can we overcome challenges that are more than 50% mental?
Affirmations are a familiar tool that can help to get us back on track. It may sound hokey, but creating positive message loops in our brains will balance our moods and stimulate our feelings of contentment and security.
Here are 10 common excuses for avoiding exercises, along with affirmations that will help you to stay on track: