There are a few things that separate “pretty good” athletes from “really great” ones. Great athletes have an incredible awareness…meaning that they pay attention to their body, how they are feeling, what they are thinking, and they know themselves very well. Great athletes are also willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level to move beyond any weaknesses, setbacks or sticking points.
Today, I’m giving you two things that will take you from good to great (in my opinion of course)
Step 1. Get to know yourself very well and always try to recognize what thoughts, actions, part of your training and areas of your life you can improve to make you better. This takes effort. You must constantly read, learn, talk with others, and yet be still and quiet long enough to hear your own thoughts so that you can get to know yourself better.
Step 2. Take action and attack the areas of yourself, your life, and your training that you notice are keeping you from being even better. Be willing to seek help, take a couple of steps back, try something new, go a different route and make changes.
The quicker you can recognize and attack the areas that are holding you back, the better.
- Watch the video below – Danielle Horan is the perfect example of a great athlete. She recognized that she was having mental breakdowns and could improve in that area of her training/performance (Step 1). She immediately contacted a coach (myself) and we worked through the steps to make changes in her approach and demeanor. She was willing to do whatever it took to get a little better as we worked together for the weeks leading up to Regionals. She was steadfast about improving her thoughts and training her mind to work for her, instead of against her (Step 2). She finished 1st in the North East and she’s headed to Carson next month.
*Narrator meant to say Mentality WOD not Mental WOD