We all know that the mind is a powerful tool that can either work against you or for you. As cliche as it may sound, it is true. But to what extent and in what cases does it and doesn’t it apply?
Today one of my clients asked how my training is going and when is my next meet. I explained to him that training is going good… I’m always pretty vague when it comes to discussing my training. Especially to individuals who don’t really know the sport. Anyway, I told him that my next comp is in October. I didn’t go into detail on the significance of the competition because i don’t know.. I’m weird. Anyway…
Client: “So, you are going to take first place right?”
Me: “Well, I don’t know. I would need about 100 more lbs on my total for that to happen”
Client: “Don’t down talk yourself…winning is everything”
The fact that my choice of words made him think that I was throwing in the towel before the fight even started bugged the crap out of me because I do not have a loser mentality. However, words are powerful and you have to chose them correctly. To me, I was just keeping it real. I’m not going to bullshit you or myself.
Where is the line drawn between being confident versus realistic. I think people lose sight of whats real. I can be real and still be 100% confident in my abilities. I can accomplish atleast 3 huge goals of mine and still not win raw nationals. Does that mean that those goals are insignificant? Does that mean that I’m mentally weak because I would sacrifice 3 goals for 1?
A WIN is a result of an accumulation of goals that have been achieved over a period of time. In my competitive years as an athlete I have learned that winning is not the only thing that matters. Theres so much more to gain beyond the win itself. In track, there was races that Ive taken last place but ran a personal best and was happy as hell. I don’t consider myself a loser because I didn’t get the overall victory.
If winning was everything, the greatest athletes in the world would have no one to compete against. And once on top, how can they strive to be better?
My mindset for Raw Nationals has changed within the last two months. My goal is to put together a solid performance. One that I can look back on and be proud of. If that performance earn me first place, than hell freakin yea! if it doesn’t then I still have those goals to be proud of.
With all that said..just know that I am training to win and I will step on the platform with the mindset that I’m the best lifter there. Being #1 is the ultimate goal that will never change.
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