As we get closer to achieving something meaningful, we may begin to put even more effort to “make things happen”. Many athletes get close to the finish line (coming closer to reaching a goal, or coming to the end of an event), and end up trying to force the win. This increases anxiety and actually causes individuals to choke because they begin to change their strategies and move erratically.
*Think about how Rich Froning finished 30th in Event 1 at The 2013 CrossFit Games – Then, he continued to push through each event with a calm, steady confidence, instead of letting it fluster his mentality and therefore ruin his performances.*
Instead of freaking out as you get close to finishing a WOD, event, or accomplishing a goal, remember to…
- Trust yourself and know that you are the one in control of your emotions and your movement.
- Stick to what you need to physically and mentally do to perform your best. This involves controlling your thoughts and body language.
- Remind yourself of all the training you have done to get where you are and how it has prepared you.