Q: I’m trying to make a comeback of sorts after time away from track. Getting past an injury has been more difficult than expected, but the most challenging aspect has been mental. I never wondered about how hard training would be or how bad it would be to fail in coming back before, now those thoughts are overwhelming. I feel paralyzed by it. You’ve frequently written about the mental aspects of training. Any suggestions?

A: It’s one step at a time. You’ve been apart from the process of training for success for so long that the goal you’ve set for yourself seems too far, too difficult and completely unattainable. You can’t cope with the long-term right now so focus on the present. Quit trying to get to the end goal. You’re current goal should be to recover fully from your injury and be able to perform normal, everyday functions and mobility without pain.

Your next goal Is to strengthen , not only your injured area, but your whole body. As you progress, your outlook to your goal becomes less daunting. The key is to focus on the one thing, one day at a time. Give whatever your challenge is for that day your full attention, all your strength and all your will. Make a mental note that you will fail somehow many of those days.

Keep going and don’t allow negativity to creep into your thoughts. Your thoughts become words. Your words become actions. Your actions become habits. Your habits become your character. Your character becomes your destiny. Negative thoughts and words have no place in your process and in your life. You will have them but don’t repeat them and don’t allow them to take root in your life. Negative thoughts and self-talk will destroy your progress. Whatever your dreams are, don’t let self-doubt and fear derail them. You can do whatever you set your mind to do. If you are determined, then nothing will get in your way. If you’re fearful, anything can stop you. Big dreams require big risks. God bless and keep training.

Daryl Laws is a certified personal trainer and owner of Body Unlimited Inc., 325 Holly Hill Lane, Burlington, NC 27215. Contact him at 336-538-0012 or daryllaws@aol.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BodyUnlimited.