I sure do. When I am sweating up a storm at Zumba I have a little conversation in my head which goes a little something like this:
You can do this. Push. Push. You will NOT be another 50-yr old in a mumu!
And as much as that helps me push through a work out, it also helps me push through life. We need to get uncomfortable and be willing to go to our own limits if we want to see how much we are capable of.
That might be related to our physical strength. That might be related to our emotional strength. Our spiritual strength.
As much as I hear my own voice when I exercise, the opposite is also true. I sometimes exercise in my own mind when I need that strength. I visualize myself with free weights or climbing the bleachers or sweating it out to some Pitbull.
It gives me two ways to get through hard things.
I choose my own voice, or I choose my own movement. Either way, I am my very own middle-aged cheerleader. I know what I know. I know my body. I know my spirit. And I know that when the two are working together I am a more resilient person.