This past Sunday was the first time in over a year that I finally made it back to Open Gym and man do I miss going. Opportunity to work on weaknesses, catching up with friends, overall just enjoying the journey. I also found myself having a bit of deja vu and having similar conversations and realizations I had about training a few years back. Specifically of having confidence in ourselves and our lifts. It can really go such a long way. That in mind, here’s a repost from back to early 2015 . . . .
To believe – to have confidence in ourselves – to allow our mind to be persuaded in the truths of what we are capable of. Each of these are of the same, each of these different. Most importantly, all contributors to your personal success not only in life, but in your Crossfit journey. So many times you hear people talk about someone and their mental game, whether or not they are “ready”. It’s hard to tell when one is at this point. It’s not something that just switches on and off like a light switch. It’s developed over time, created through how we perceive ourselves. With so much coming up in the next months – competitions, fun runs, 5k’s – how are you to tell if you are ready or not? Simple, you’re not able to tell.
There’s only one way to know and that’s to get out there and do it. There may be days where you don’t even consider going RX or Competitor for the WOD, when in actuality you physically can. Heck, it might even be light weight or an easy movement for you. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that you always should but, days when we are feeling good and ambitious, we should really give ourselves a bit more credit than we do.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve questioned myself at whether or not I should go RX. So much to the point where I’ll load the bar up with RX but stack the weights in such a way where if I need to drop down quickly, even if it’s just 10 lbs, I can. Of course to my surprise, almost every time I don’t strip the weight down and still somehow complete the WOD. This is a perfect example of how we need to give ourselves more credit sometimes, to believe in ourselves.
Maybe for you it’s not weight. Maybe it’s stringing together more double unders, getting those higher box jumps, getting your first muscle up. . . no matter what it is, with a little confidence in ourselves, when we truly believe that we can, our mind will allow our body to follow suit. There will be days when you have no motivation, there will be days when you want to give up. Go anyways, get the job done and finish what you started. The reward will be unlike anything else. Your mind is the limiting factor. Then, magically, when you’re not even looking for it, you’ll realize you are ready. Sign up for that competition you keep looking at, sign up for your first fun run or 5k. The only way you will ever know if you are ready or not is to try.
In the worlds of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100%.”