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