A Rude Affirmation for Running
that Really Works!

The term: 'rude affirmation' could be an oxymoron as affirmations are positive statements that are used to help us feel good about ourselves or to change an undesirable belief. 

However, sometimes desperate situations call for desperate measures. This is the situation I found myself in recently during a difficult cross-country race. 


This situation occurred during a 10km cross-country race that was very hilly and very muddy. I wasn't familiar with the route but I had heard that parts of it were difficult. Much of it was uphill and during a particularly hard part of the course, I realized that I had to do two laps of this horrible uphill, muddy section. 

My mind instantly decided it did not want to do this twice. Heck, I did not want to do it even once. The thoughts in my head were: "I do not want to do this; I do not want to do this!" 

And guess what? My body was agreeing wholeheartedly.  I was slowing down and I wanted to stop. I realized that if this train of thought continues, I was going to be miserable for the rest of the race and I certainly would not have a decent finishing time. I had to do something to change my mental state and quickly!

rude affirmation

Suddenly a documentary that I watched recently came to mind. It was about Tony Robbins and his teaching methods. At this moment, I needed something to shock myself into realizing that I could do this race and do it well. I thought things that Tony said during the show about what we believe about ourselves and what is possible.

"I am amazing," I thought. 

No, "I am f**king amazing!"

I repeated this 'rude affirmation' several times and I couldn't believe the almost instant improvement in my energy and mood. I WAS f**king amazing! I finished that first uphill lap quickly and began the second lap without hesitation. I couldn't believe how short the second lap appeared to be. It certainly seemed longer and harder the first time around. 

rude affirmation

I am F**king Amazing!
-- A Rude Affirmation that Works

I was enjoying a renewed sense of energy and positivity. I passed several runners during the remainder of the course and I even stopped and said to one of my friends who was struggling and told her that she was f**king amazing! She probably thought I was mad but I felt so good that I wanted everyone else to also. I was on a natural high.

Tony Robbins has a tremendous sense of what's holding others back from happiness and achieving their best. He uses extreme language which is meant to shock and interrupt the noise in people's heads. This he says is "to provoke people back into the reality of this moment and that is how they change." I can certainly attest that this was true for me on the day of the race. 

I highly recommend watching the Netflix documentary, 'Tony Robbins - I am not Your Guru.' It demonstrates his wonderful ability to sense the emotional barriers of others and provides some incredible examples of what's possible when a new perspective is offered. 


Quote - Tony Robbins

This 'rude affirmation', which I really love, can also be used at the beginning of a race or run. I have used it as a mental warm-up before starting a run and it 'sets the pace' so to speak to a much more positive and enjoyable run, sometimes resulting in a faster or longer-than-planned run. 

Tony Robbins does physical warm-ups before he speaks to his audience  to get himself pumped and at his best mentally and physically. He often uses a small trampoline before he goes on stage. 

When I use this 'rude affirmation' before starting a run, I like to combine it with movement, such as jumping up and down or running down stairs as I exit my apartment building. 

Try this 'rude affirmation' for running yourself. It feels f**king amazing! haha!

Comments anyone?


Back to the top of A Rude Affirmation for Running

Return to Running Psychology

Our Running Form Template Can Help You Run More Efficiently!

Instant download!

* indicates required

I promise to keep your email address secure and use it only to send you my newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time!


FTC Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying  purchases.
Learn more.



Loading Comments
#disqus_thread { min-height: 200px; }

Recent Articles

  1. Affirmations Help Runners Achieve Their Goals!

    Oct 02, 22 08:10 AM

    Affirmations Work

    Affirmations are powerful and can work for everyone but they must be done properly. When they don't work, we must find the reason and correct it.

    Read More

  2. How to Relax While Running

    Sep 14, 22 07:07 AM

    How to relax

    Relaxing your body will improve running performance. Tension promotes injuries, draws energy from our bodies, and prevents us from running our best. A relaxed body uses less effort and thus can run f…

    Read More

  3. Finally - a cure for hiccups!

    Aug 30, 22 12:40 PM

    HiccAway

    Do you or someone in your family suffer from troublesome hiccups? HiccAway is a drug free, reusable natural cure for hiccups. Works instantly with water!

    Read More

  4. 5 Reasons Runners Need to Meditate!

    Aug 30, 22 04:39 AM

    Meditate

    Meditation improves our health but it also improves running in numerous ways. Find out why runners need to meditate and how you can start your meditation practice today.

    Read More

  5. A Loving Kindness Meditation For Running

    Aug 22, 22 12:28 PM

    Loving Kindness

    Much research has been conducted on the effects of loving kindness meditation on emotional and physical health showing incredible results. Now you can practice while running!

    Read More

  6. An Ancient Technique that Improves Running

    Aug 05, 22 02:21 AM

    Ancient Technique

    Use this technique to develop focus and awareness to improve running. Move more easily and effortlessly.

    Read More

  7. How to Stop a Charley Horse Instantly!

    Jul 28, 22 09:48 AM

    Charley Horse

    Stop a painful charley horse cramp instantly! These painful calf cramps must be stopped immediately to prevent the muscle from becoming sore. Find out how!

    Read More

  8. Make Running in Hot Weather Easier!

    Jun 30, 22 05:54 AM

    Hot Weather

    We can take action to help our bodies feel more comfortable running in the heat and prevent the onset of heat related illnesses!

    Read More

  9. Behavioural Kinesiology Can Help Us Become Stronger Runners

    Jun 18, 22 01:00 PM

    Behavioural Kinesiology

    Run strong with behavioural kinesiology. Use this technique to positively stimulate our muscles to stay strong while running.

    Read More

  10. Is Taking Walk Breaks While Running Cheating?

    May 25, 22 12:24 PM

    Walk Breaks

    Find out why many runners swear by it as the safest and most enjoyable way to build strength and increase endurance.

    Read More