Lately I have been hearing a lot of “I can’t” “This is going to be too heavy/hard” “I’m never going to get better” and a few other negative comments. I truly believe that if you think you can, you will…but if you think you can’t, then you won’t. If you’re going into a lift thinking that you won’t be able to achieve it, you are setting yourself up for failure from the start. Your mind is already set that you can’t do it, therefore that extra mental push won’t be there.
Instead of thinking “Man this is going to be too heavy for me to lift”, try altering that thought process. Prepare yourself that it won’t be easy, but that you have to give it all you’ve got if you want to complete the lift. Positive thinking can go a long way, especially when it comes to doing these lifts. If for whatever reason you don’t make it, try again. If not, maybe it’s not your day and you try again another time.
Positive thinking helps you during the metcons as well. As most of us know, the mental game is half the battle with CrossFit. I find myself constantly encouraging myself in the middle of a grueling workout, as well as giving myself cues to help me move more efficiently. Don’t get me wrong, other thoughts I have crossed my mind such as “this sucks” “I want this to be over” but for the most part, it’s positive. I never go into a workout thinking that I can’t do it. I usually give myself a challenging, yet achievable goal for a specific workout (ie unbroken kettlebell swings) and try my best to make that happen. Since I workout alone, my only option is to give myself positive self-talk during workouts. If majority of my thinking was negative, I would never prosper. Imagine if a coach was saying some of the things you say to yourself just before a lift or a workout: “You can’t do that” “Yeah, that’s going to be too hard for you” “You are never going to get better.” How would that make you feel? Terrible!! So don’t talk down to yourself. Every positive thought will help achieve a positive outcome. This type of thinking will not only take you further in your lifts and performance, but also life in general.
“Your thoughts will become your words.
Your words will become your actions
Your actions will become your habits.
Your habits will become your character.
Your character will define your destiny.”
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Warmup: EMOTM 8 Min
3 Hip Raise
Alt: 3 Kipping TTB/3 Divebomber
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