Unsolicited Advice Part 2 by Michelle H
We’re back with Part 2 of Michele’s unsolicited advice. Didn’t catch the first part? Check it out here: http://crossfitlocal.com/friday-november-4-2017/
After I learned to turn down the dial on my internal pressure cooker I also realized that I needed to clean up my mental self-talk. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” If you think you will fail, or that something will be challenging, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the past during WODs that incorporated my “goats,” I used to think about how “bad” I was at those movements, and as a result, I would get tripped up. In the last few months I learned to reframe my self-talk, and I have most definitely reaped the benefits. Instead of thinking about how “crappy” I am at double-unders, I chose to stop thinking all together, and I started to get sets of 20-30 unbroken reps at a time. When it comes to long workouts and heavy volume front squats, I don’t dwell on “how miserable this is going to be.” I tell myself to “just do the work,” and guess what, it has worked!
So what’s my advice to you? Be gentle on yourself and stop the negativity! You are strong, you are capable, and you can do the work! Don’t weaken yourself with negative thoughts and set yourself up for failure. The mind is a powerful muscle and you must use it to your advantage. You wouldn’t allow family, friends or coworkers to have self-doubt and negativity, so why do you allow it for yourself? Give yourself the same courtesy that you afford others!
That’s my unsolicited advice whether you want it or not! Trust me, I am a professional drive–by coach. They don’t pay me the big bucks for nothing!