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What Type of Mentality Helps You Perform?

Occasionally I feature posts from other individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. I learn a lot from the athletes who I work with, and I love to share their stories and tips. Enjoy this post by April Lowe, CrossFit Masters Athlete (2015 &2016 CF Games) and someone who I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over the past 6 months. She recently finished 3rd place at The 2017 Wodapalooza and is prepping for The Open.     What Type of Mentality Helps You Perform Your Best? I have discovered recently that I perform my best when I approach each […]

Seeing Something Good, Even When It’s Bad

Gratitude and positivity. You hear about them all the time. See, it’s easy to be thankful when things are goin great. You feel happy and you see the good all around you. Most people can be thankful when the day is going how they want it to, or they’re experiencing something amazing. Yet, it’s likely a different story when the day is full of disappointments, letdowns, frustrations, and heartaches. Not so easy to be appreciative then is it? Ever been sick, incredibly angry, injured, depressed, or anxious? These aren’t typically fun experiences or states. Ever been in the hospital, in an accident, […]

3 Quick Mental Prep Methods For Athletes

Do not fall into the habit of walking in the gym and jumping right into the warm up without doing any mental preparation. Don’t chat with others about their plan and their goals until you’ve run through your own mental prep. Don’t even think about looking at the scoreboard or leaderboard without first considering your own focus areas, goals, and purpose. See, most people will do those things, and you don’t want to be most people do you? You want to be more confident, motivated and mentally strong…right? That’s why you’re on this site, reading this. So, BEFORE you talk […]

When To Stop Asking Why

“Know your WHY.” You hear myself and other leaders say it all of the time. I encourage you to know your purpose behind doing whatever it is you’re currently doing. Before any event, important day or training session, I suggest you run through a few key reminders why it matters to you, why you want to give it your best and why you want to accomplish your goals. The stronger your why, the stronger your will. The more connected you are with your purpose for doing something, the more likely you’ll pursue excellence in it. Your why matters. But, there are also […]

How To Answer Questions About Your Performance

“How did you do on that workout?” “How’d the competition go for you?” “Where’d you end up finishing?” If you participate in CrossFit, or any other type of event, people are going to ask about your performance. Some of those people care about you and really want to connect with you. Others, are simply interested in your result for their own motivations. Either way, you’re going to get asked about the competition or workout, so here are some tips on how to answer those questions.   1. Describe HOW you did, not what place you ended up in, or what the score […]

Is Overplanning Limiting Your Success?

Some people are just natural planners. Some spend A LOT of time preparing by evaluating data, studying strategies and developing specific steps for future events. Some even come up with Plan A, B, C, D, E…. in an attempt to establish a comprehensive plan for every freaking imaginable situation. This can be a helpful practice, but it can also be very demanding. It can limit your ability to be present, confident and calm. Excessive planning can lead to anxiety, disappointment, stunted creativity, lack of trust and scattered focus. I also have seen “overplanning” actually hinder performance and limit success. No, I’m not […]

Not Getting What You Want From 1 Person?

You may not always get what you want from who you want it from, but you will always get what you need Read that again. Sit with it for a second. I remember the first time I heard this quote, and it instantly impacted me. In fact, it’s changed my perspective (for the better) on numerous occasions since. Are you waiting for that one person to say something what you have wanted to hear for a while? Are you waiting for someone to act in a certain way that you’ve always wanted him or her to? Do you have a […]

Are Sacrifices Hurting Your Mentality?

Sacrifice – Verb: give up (something important or valued) for the sake of other considerations. If you’re talking about what “sacrifices” you have made or are making, you’re talking about what you’ve “given up”. You’re putting your attention on what you “don’t do” or what you feel you “can’t do.” You are thinking about what you “wish you could do” instead of what you’re “grateful you are doing.” You may be trying to prove that you’re tough or that you’re more willing than others. You may be so focused on what you’re missing out on that you’re bitter about what […]

Instead Of Chasing Wins, Do This

Unfortunately, we can’t control if we win or lose. I bet if we could, well there would be no losing. There would be no letdowns or mistakes, failures or setbacks. We’d always come out on top, we’d always perform up to our expectations. So, since you can’t control whether you win or lose, would you benefit from focusing on something else? Yes. In this post I write about how to focus on process goals instead of outcome goals. Continuing to tell yourself, “I have to win,” “anything outside of first place sucks,” “I need to get on the podium,” or “everything has […]

A Different Twist On This Gratitude Thing

Gratitude changes everything. If you can be thankful for what you do have, you immediately feel better about what you don’t have. You can improve your perspective, mood, attitude and motivation in seconds. There is true power in expressing gratitude and steering your thoughts to things you can deeply appreciate. I’ve written about HOW to practice it HERE, but today I have a new twist for you to try. Normally, when you think about what you’re grateful for, you’ll think about what you have. You’ll consider things like your possessions, your capabilities and your relationships. You may even be thankful for […]

10 Distorted Thinking Patterns To Watch Out For

    This list is SO DAMN GOOD. I have written about almost every one of these topics on MENTALITYWOD.COM All-or-Nothing Thinking – Read more about how this can hold you back, and how to think in a more positive, yet realistic way in “Optimistic Realism: Do you have this attitude?” Overgeneralization – Read more about how common this can be when you’re trying to reach a fitness goal in “Don’t Generalize” The Mental Filter – Read more about how to make sure you’re thinking about progress and not about how far you still have to go in “Be Careful […]

Getting It Right The First Time

Do you beat yourself up when you don’t get it right the first time? Do you talk down to yourself or become incredibly upset when you don’t feel good at something right away? We all prefer to feel competent. If we could choose, we probably would want to omit the learning curve altogether and instantly be a master at everything we try. Right? The next time you try something new or are working on a project or skill that’s a little challenging, listen to your self-talk, become aware of your facial expressions and check out your body language. How do you respond when […]