When you tell yourself “I can’t do x, y, or z” what you’re doing is programming yourself for FAILURE. Your body is going to listen to what the brain tells it to do, and if you tell yourself enough that you can’t do something, pretty soon your brain is going to go “You know what, you’re right, you CAN’T do it” and your body will follow accordingly. I mentioned earlier that we are creatures of habit, so start developing the right habits instead of the wrong ones. If you’re an athlete or former athlete, think back to when you had an extremely tough practice or opponent coming up. Or a time when it was really hot, or really cold, or raining, whatever the case may be. When you suited up and went to that practice or game, did you say to yourself “Man it’s really hot out here, this is going to suck?” Well guess what, if you tell yourself that it’s going to suck, THEN IT’S GOING TO SUCK. Whatever you tell yourself is going to come true. Wouldn’t you be better off telling yourself how much you’re going to kick ass regardless of the conditions? Don’t let external factors and circumstances out of your control dictate your performance, be proactive and start thinking positively and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Continue Reading
Here are a few things I absolutely hate hearing:
- Coach why am I not good enough?
- Why am I slow?
- Why can’t I get stronger?
- Is today’s workout going to be hard?
- I can’t lift this.
- This is going to suck.
As coaches we get sick and tired of hearing athletes use this kind of self-defeating language over and over. Human beings are creatures of habit and athletes are no different than anybody else when it comes to programming themselves for either success or failure. Why do you think successful players and coaches spend countless hours studying film so that the can pinpoint their opponents weaknesses? In a sense, we watch “game film” every day at the gym in real time as our athletes go through their workouts, and in almost every case we’ve ever seen, when an athlete says “I can’t” before they run a drill or attempt a weight, they don’t succeed and their performance suffers. Every now and then a kid will surprise himself because they haven’t realized how much they’ve grown or the potential they have inside, but 9 times out of 10 when you tell yourself you can’t do something you’re setting yourself up for failure, and here’s why. Continue Reading