I recently started a 90 day transformation program at Shift Fitness. I am on week 5 and feeling great, frustrated and excited all at the same time. Feeling great and excited since the inches are coming off, I have more energy, and I don’t dread going to work out. Frustrated because some exercises that I like doing bother my knees, there should be no pain in exercising.
So, what is the mindset of the sport? How do we mentally prepare ourselves to succeed?
You need to be confident in yourself in order to succeed. While progressing through the new skills you are learning, your self-confidence will also improve. Be confident that this is what you want and go for it. What has helped for me is working with someone who is confident in what they are doing, and supportive and wanting you to achieve your goals. Working with that confident person, can help you build your own confidence.
Imagery and Visualization
Imagery and visualization are used a lot in stress management. To reduce stress you take yourself to your “safe space” and use all of your senses to be in that space. Bring relaxation onto yourself. Once you are relaxed imagine what you are going to do – you are going to life that weight, you are going to complete that run. Picture yourself doing it and succeeding. Practice this visualization before, during and after your training. Let yourself feel the movements, the pain of the workout (not the pain of my body is telling me to not to this, but the good workout feel) and see yourself doing what you need to do.
When I was rowing with Bayside Rowing Club, I spent a lot of time visualizing – the water, staying in rhythm, balancing the boat, each rhythmic movement of each stroke, skimming the water. When I thought too hard about what I was doing, the technique fell apart.
Find yourself a cheering section to pick you up when you want to give it. Find that mentor who will push you past what you thought you could do. Why are you doing this? What is in it for you? Better health, more energy, a sense of accomplishment. Do this for you and not for others.
Focus on the Process
How are you going to get to where you are going? Think about the steps you are going to take and what they are going to look like. The end goal will be there at the end, focus on getting there. Create a mental map of what that is going to look like. One step at a time or for me one exercise at a time.
If you are interested in improving your mindset and working on some visualization and imagery, contact me to set up your appointment.