Cultivating a Positive Mindset & Building Confidence [Podcast FFT EP1]

Cultivating a Positive Mindset & Building Confidence [Podcast FFT EP1]

As part of our mission to bring you even more valuable content on all things related to leading a healthy lifestyle, this episode is the first in a new series under the Own Your Eating Podcast called “Food for Thought”. Or FFT for short. Each episode will be quick and to the point and probably under 20 minutes. The perfect length for you to enjoy while you stretch or have your quiet time on the throne. Hit us up if you have a conversation starter you’d love to hear our thoughts on!

This bonus quickie episode is all about the “healthy mind” aspect of whole body health. Here at Own Your Eating we know that your body’s best health is supported by sound nutrition and your ability to cultivate a positive outlook in life. Whether you’re dealing with setbacks or a challenging time or simply learning to believe in your own abilities just a little bit more. We hope this episode gives you something to reflect on, improves your way of thinking and helps you to keep building your confidence.

“Imposter Syndrome” is common amongst coaches and educators. Particularly as a coach, often you might feel there is a discrepancy between “walking the walk” and “talking the talk”. For example, you might believe you’re a terrible runner like Jason, or be horrified by the thought of any workout with a barbell like Roz. But that doesn’t preclude you from being an amazing coach with the ability to coach someone else effectively in these areas.

There’s a fine balance to find when it comes to believing in yourself and simply putting on bravado. The “fake it till you make it” tactic will only get you so far. You have to believe in your own value and when you do, you will be able to genuinely portray your expertise. People are naturally attracted to authenticity and naturally skeptical of what might seem forced behavior.

As coaches and educators, we want to embody boldness without bravado, appear confident without appearing cocky and we want to reassure ourselves without creating delusion. Many of us are plagued with self-doubt and struggle to believe that we are uniquely awesome individuals despite the fact that we have many successes in life.

  • Do you have a roof over your head? 
  • Are you surrounded by amazing friends?
  • Do people show genuine attention to things you have to say? 
  • Do you care about others?
The point is, these things don’t necessarily define us, but they can help point you to a conclusion that you are deserving of positive self-talk and confidence in yourself and your abilities. Listen in as Roz asks Jason how he cultivates confidence in spite of those voices inside his head trying to convince him otherwise. 

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Jason:
Yes babe?

Roz:
Are we live?

Jason:
We are alive.

Roz:
So I’m putting you on the spot.

Jason:
You always do.

Roz:
I was just listening to a podcast. I think that it was a TED talk and it was about, it was about a lot of things, but one of the topics was confidence. And as I was listening to this girl talk about confidence and self-esteem, it’s something that. It just, it’s a topic that you always spring to my mind because you’re someone who I think of as having a tremendous amount of confidence, not in an arrogant way, but just you, and you’re naturally very confident and self-assured. And it’s funny because I know you have a lot of stream of consciousness. You just love to talk. So you say things out loud. But, you know, it’s stuff that you’re saying to yourself in your head and you there’s a lot of positive self talk that comes out of your mouth. And again, not in an arrogant way, but, you know, you’ll say I was pleased with my performance today in the workout I did this and that. And, you know, you talk to yourself in a positive way. And I just wondered whether you had any insight as to how that developed in your life. Because by comparison, I can tell you that most of the time do not talk that way to myself.

Jason:
Well, I think there’s a difference between what I’m saying out loud and what’s actually going on in my head.

Roz:
Sure. I’m yeah, I’m sure.

Jason:
So while I may appear confident and I think I do try to only talk in the positive, which is it doesn’t always happen, but I try to. It doesn’t mean, there’s not doubt in my mind. Whether it’s in the middle of a workout, whether it’s about my ability, you know, for example, judging. Specifically on Mary at the CrossFit Games, I was on the far line, one over so I was like in lane two say, and by the side the other half of the judges that weren’t judging were watching, we each had a partner. So in essence, every athlete had two judges. The one on the floor who is making the calls. But, the other person out there who was double checking our count and also making sure we were making the right call. And in those scenarios, I definitely have doubt about my ability. No different than when a flow master at a seminar watches one of my breakout groups. You immediately start to doubt yourself. So there’s definitely times where my confidence is not as high as it should be. Maybe. You know, I like to think I’m a great judge and great coach. But whenever you have someone watching you definitely, I don’t immediately think. You know so, for example, if I’m working a weekend with Todd or Jenny. And they’re like hey I’m to watch your group. My mind doesn’t immediately go to I’m going to show them how great I am. Certain things it does when I run a class like the day one class at a level 2. I know I’m going to knock it out of the park because I’m that’s probably where I’m most confident in my coaching. But when you watch a small breakout group and it probably goes back to the fact that it took me a long time to get on staff and I interned for ten seminars where your feedback was often come back again. Come back again. And that takes its toll on you. You know, 200 seminars later. My confidence is higher. But I think you know going back to what you said, you can fake it till you make it type of thing. You have to.

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Jason:
You have to rewire your brain and what you say can ultimately influence what you think. So what you think is going to happen first. But if you talk positively enough over and over, you can build that fake confidence, which will ultimately become real confidence. You know. In that same scenario, there were times where even to the participants, I was worried if I was, good enough. You know, my first 10, 20 seminars and now ultimately I know, you know, to the participants, I’m going to come off like a rockstar.

Roz:
Yeah, I think you said a lot of things there. that you said.

Jason:
You said I could talk stream of consciousness.

Roz:
Yeah I know, I know. But some of the things you said, I agree with what you’re saying. But I I think I think we can develop those ideas a little bit further because, what I think you’re really saying is you have a good understanding of your value and your worth. I think perhaps it’s not super at the forefront of your mind or consciousness, but I think you do have this way of talking to yourself that is is positive in your subconscious, like, hey, no, I’m gonna do okay at this because look, I I interned for X amount of times. I’ve done this many seminars like, I know what I’m doing here. And I have a lot of knowledge that I can share with these people or whatever it might be that you’re doing. So I think. I think, yeah, there are times where you might need to just, cultivate that, “fake it till you make it” sort of mindset, but really all what you’re saying is you’re not faking it. You’re just you’re just reframing and talking to yourself positively. Well, why shouldn’t I be confident about the situation I’m in? I have this amount of qualifications or expertise or you know, I’ve put this many hours into whatever presentation I’m doing. Sure, I might not do it perfectly, but I have a lot of knowledge to share and I deserve to be up here speaking in front of these people.

Jason:
Yeah, and I think in everyday life you can apply it. So, for example, our buddy Matt, the owner of the box. You know, he broke up with his girlfriend. You know, at this point, it’s a year ago.

Roz:
Right. I was gonna say this isn’t new news.

Jason:
This isn’t new news, but I had this conversation with him and he was down in the dumps. He was depressed. And, you know, one of the things he said to me was like, I don’t know if I’ll meet someone like her again. And I said, Matt, I’ve been down here for five years. I’ve seen you date, you know, three to five girls. And every time they get progressively more attractive. And I said, there’s a trend. I said, why do you think that trend is gonna break? Why would you think for one second? All of a sudden you’re not going to find someone? And that goes for everybody. You know, you end a relationship, you’re like I’ll never meet someone again. It’s like whether you’re 30, 40, 50, you’ve met people your entire life. So with anything, it just goes to, you know, you have to look back at your past successes and make sure those are what you think about rather than your failures, because more often than not, you have significantly more successes than you do failures. So at this point, you’re right. I have 200 wins at a seminar versus, you know, nine. And I wouldn’t even call them failures because it wasn’t you. You’re not hired. It was you’re good, but we need more.

Roz:
Yeah.

Jason:
You know, so if you’re listening and you’re thinking about a workout, you’re thinking about your nutrition and you think back over the years of your life, more often than not, you’ve had success, than you’ve had failure. And I think there’s something innate in all of us that goes to worst case scenario, which is good because it protects you and it makes you work hard when it’s I don’t know if I cant hit this snatch. Well, now I’m going to pull the bar fucking harder to make sure I hit it or I don’t know if I can meet someone. Well, now you’ll put yourself out there to meet that person. But yeah, I think, you know, start with what you say and ultimately that will influence what you do and think back to your successes. You know, another scenario, you were recently gone for two weeks. And, you know, believe it or not, I survived. Right. I didn’t die without you here.

Roz:
Barely.

Jason:
And I.

Roz:
Didn’t you check yourself in for scurvy at one point?

Jason:
I thought I had scurvy. I had an orange. I was fine. But, you know, in that time I cooked. And I think you would agree I would classify myself as a bad cook. But it just turns out I wasn’t doing it enough. And then, you know, by the middle of the first week, cooking three or four meals, I’m like, hey, I’m a decent cook. I’m going to experiment with his hot sauces with seasonings. You know, I’m still not the world’s best cook, but if I had to, I’m like, I can make some decent.

Roz:
Yeah. Something edible.

Jason:
And that took ten days out of 40 years. So imagine what you could do over a year, five years, a decade. You can really build some confidence.

Roz:
And on that note, I think it’s your turn to make dinner then.

Jason:
No you’re wrong.

Roz:
I don’t think it would pass as edible for me, but as long as you like your own food, that’s all that matters babe.

Jason:
Hot sauce can disguise a lot of things

Roz:
Too right.

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