The last couple of weeks we have looked at things that can help or hinder our performance.
- Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard – Rule to live by
- Diet, Training, Time Management
There is one other thing that can make or break us in our effort to be the best we can be, our minds.
It has become cliché (mind over matter; conceive, believe, achieve) but that does not mean it is untrue. One of my favorite speakers puts it best. “Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
There is a conditioning class that I like to take on Thursday nights. At the end of class, the instructor will have the class compete to see who has to complete the final exercises. For example, the person who holds a plank the longest does not have to complete a series of calisthenics.
I am not typically the person who holds out the longest. I hold until close to the end but in the end I fail to follow though. This failure is not physical in my opinion because I get right up and do the calisthenics. My body did not fail, I gave up. If my body failed, I would not be able to do the calisthenics.
It can be hard to perform when you are stressed, tired and are in a post-caffeine low. You lack the focus and the will to stick it through. This doesn’t mean you should skip a work out, but it does mean that you won’t be at your best. Even though any workout is better than no workout, being focused will bring you better results.
When you are working out or competing, try to be rested and focused. If you are stressed and tired, try to meditate or even just complete a set of breathing exercises to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Preparation improves performance. Just as you might stretch out before a run, preparing your mind for a workout or competition is just as important.
To be your best takes more than just showing up. As we have discussed over the last several weeks:
- You need to work hard no matter how talented you are
- You need to eat a healthy diet
- You need to be in the right frame of mind
Work on all three of these things and you will find yourself hitting personal records. If you find yourself in a slump, go over these things and make tweaks to help you achieve your goals.