Do you know who you are as an athlete? How confident are you? Do you believe in yourself?
As you know, I work with athletes of various levels and also cycling race teams as their mind set coach. Contrary to what you think this post MIGHT be about, it might surprise you! Yes, I am a strong believer in thinking positively, but I also believe we need to be honest to ourselves. By denying our flaws, I really don’t think we are being honest to ourselves and I truly believe this will hinder us reaching our true potential.
For instance, if you pretend your swimming is good enough, but really deep down you know there is work to be done, if you arent honest with yourself, how do you really expect that to change or improve?
If you want to be faster in the pool next season, you have to accept where you are right now and then put a plan in place. Dont expect it just to happen next season because you convinced yourself you are better than you are!
So, how do I suggest you do this?
- Accept yourself firstly and foremost. Don’t be too self critical.
- What qualities do you have that are positive?
- What qualities have you struggled to accept? for instance, weight gain or lack of commitment to swim training?
- Can you accept where you are right now without beating yourself up and then with your coach, put a plan in place that you will stick to?
- Can you deal with the fact sometimes you will miss a session or you over indulge.. but can you accept this is OK and you get back on it?
- Can you stop trying to play catch up with training? Can you trust the process? Can you trust your coach?
- How resilient are you?
Bottom line is …. CAN YOU BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW AND USE IT TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF RATHER THAN GIVE UP, HAVE NEGATIVE SELF TALK AND FEEL A FAILURE.By doing that, you 100% fail before you even start!!
Why not try the alternative and see what happens!
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