The human mind is a powerful thing and sometimes it will make you quit before you even hit your maximum potential.
When you hear that awesome coach count down, “3, 2, 1, GO” do you tell yourself positive thoughts of destroying this WOD or negative thoughts that will give poor Olympic lift numbers or WOD scores?
One thing that the military has taught me in my training, is to push my body and my mind to the maximum limit and to feel comfortable when put in uncomfortable positions. The strong will learn how to handle and control their mind in the worst situations.
Others will feed into their mind and let their weaknesses OWN them.
Some of the strategies that I use to tame that “LITTLE VOICE” in my mind at the box and during military operations:
I always look for small goals during an Olympic Lift or a WOD.
Small goals will add up to “BIG GOALS” at the end of the day. If a lift calls for 3 reps as heavy as possible, give it everything you have during those 3 reps. It is OK to FAIL, but my first goal in my mind for those 3 reps is to “DESTROY” my last Personal Record.
Not Putting Down the Bar
When that voice inside your head is screaming at you to “put down the barbell” or “get off the bar”…
…you fight back with another rep.
Completing just one more rep when everything inside of you is telling you to stop, is a sure way to grow your mental muscles.
During your next WOD, you might be able to accomplish two more reps than you were capable of before. Over time, your mental muscles will grow stronger and you will begin to control that little voice in your head.
Learn from all the coaches. Knowledge is power and each coach has their own spin on development of skills for movements. Sometimes athletes believe they know it all or they are unwilling to break bad habits. You must be coachable and willing to learn so you keep a positive mindset.
Your body can handle a lot more than what your mind thinks it can.
Never let that little voice in your mind take control and “BE A CHAMPION TODAY”.