Mental Reframing… or whatever you want to call it.
By – T. Elliott Field
We all know that attitude is everything, but let’s be honest… “Fran” will never be awesome. What can be awesome about “Fran” (or any other difficult/knowingly painful workout) though, is your mindset before, during, and after it happens. It truly does matter how you mentally approach a workout and what you say to yourself and/or others about that workout. Phrases like, “I’m not going to finish this,” and “That’s going to be really heavy,” or “I never want to do that again,” all have an impact on how you and your body perceive the stress of the event.
You may notice that when I am coaching, I always say things like, “It’s going to be awesome,” or “You’re gonna crush it,” or “The bar doesn’t stand a chance.” These types of responses are not only to make you laugh and motive you, but they also serve to try to get anyone that is in a defensive mindset to switch over to the offensive and attack the workout and lift with real intensity.
There is one caveat, however. People will think you are a little bit crazy saying things like this because they may still be stuck in the defensive/nervous mindset. So don’t be that person that sits relaxed and content in their comfort zone, constantly making excuses why you can’t do something or that you’re not good enough. The reality is… you are good enough and you can be good enough; you just need to try, and fail, and then try again…until you make it.
And remember. If someone asks you if you think you can do something, your first thought should be (matter of fact), “I can do anything.”
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