Negative thoughts only lead to doom and gloom!

September 13th, 2017 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Paudie O'Donovan, Neuromuscualar Physical Therapist

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Fitness with Paudie O'Donovan, Neuromuscualar Physical Therapist

Fitness with Paudie O’Donovan, Neuromuscualar Physical Therapist

NOTHING comes from negative thoughts only doom and gloom. 

Now you can transfer this into a lifestyle scenario also, but I’m talking about sport, training and fitness. Positive thinking is the way to go. 

If , when your brain is saying ‘no,’ sometimes you’ve got to push through those negative thoughts. 

Believe me, they do creep in because your body and brain always want to take the easy way out. 

But sometimes that’s not the way to go.

Having a positive mind in any sport can improve your overall performance. 

This positive attitude may come across as confidence in some people, but in most athletes it can improve your overall attitude and thus improve your proficiency. 

The other side of this is you will enjoy the sport while performing to a higher level. If you become more proficient at a sport, you will gain self-esteem. 

If your self-esteem is high, your confidence will be high. One emotion bounces of the other but it all starts with a positive mental attitude.



To stop any negativity or negative thoughts creeping in, you’ve got to have a structure to your plan. If you stick to this structured plan, your confidence in yourself will grow. 

It’s all about sitting down and devising a plan that will realistically work. If the base of this structure is strong, everything else will grow around it. 

Then, all you’ve got to do is make the plan work. Train every time you had planned to train, kick all the placed balls instead of just half of them. 

If you only do half of your plan, then you will only reap half the rewards. 

Structure that plan and stick to it to the best of your ability.


Paudie O’Donovan is a qualified neuromuscular physical therapist specialising in pain relief and improvement of mobility/flexibility. He is masseur to the Cork senior football team and runs a sports injury clinic at Quarryvale, Coolnagrane, Skibbereen.

Fully registered with Laya and Aviva

Contact: 086-2339618 or follow him on Facebook

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