You can actually rewire your brain to think more positively. If you feel like you are in a rut or don’t think that it’s possible to have done better, you have to take proactive steps to change the way you think. The more optimistic you can be in your life outside of the box, the easier it will be for you to stay positive when that bar feels heavy as shit, or when you’re struggling to get another rep.
The way we think in our personal life carries over to how we think in our athletic life (and vice versa). It’s all connected. You can not just focus on how to remain positive in a WOD without focusing on how to stay positive as often as possible, day in and day out.
There are a few ways you can actually begin to change your thoughts and create more positive patterns. One of my favorite methods is detailed in THIS POST.
One of the best things you can do to retrain your thoughts to be more positive is to do something nice for someone else
Do this whenever you feel negative, or as often as possible – shoot for at least once a day. Maybe you’ll buy a stranger a coffee, or pay the toll for the car behind you. Maybe you can help someone strip down their barbell, or can help the coach mop the floor after class. Try helping an older person carry their groceries, or even go volunteer at a food bank or shelter.
It can be helpful to set an alarm, or reminder in your phone so that you get used to doing something that you don’t do regularly. You can schedule it in to your day or week.
Random acts of kindness will help you feel more positive. The more you do this, the more you will find that your thoughts are helping you, instead of holding you back and limiting you. That’s a good thing. Plus, you’re really impacting others and we could all use some extra kindness.