Happy New Year!
This post is not about the X's and O's of training but instead something that could be even more important to you this year. Keep reading and you will thank me after...
The New Year is always an exciting time. I have a small ritual where I like to reflect each year about all the great things that have happened and then ask myself, "I wonder what this next year will bring?" or the better question, "what am I going to do with this next year?".
As you ask yourself those questions, set goals, write them down on a whiteboard in your room, or however you approach it, I want to share with you something that will help us all have a great 2016, achieve all our goals and enjoy every minute while we do it.
And that is...change our mental process from "if...then..." to "I am...I will"
The "if...then..." mindset, I believe, is our default way of thinking and it is the wrong approach.
In the training world, the most common ones are, "If I lose 10 pounds and tone up a bit, then I'll be happy" or "If I can run this fast, weigh this much, hit this far, lift this much, then I'll be happy, then I'll get the starting job."
Why is this the wrong mental approach? Because the "if...then..." mindset does not EMBRACE THE PROCESS to get there.
You can't just be fixated on the end goal because as things come up and adversity hits you, it's easy to feel defeated and start thinking, "If I don't reach that goal, that means I'll never be happy, or I'll never get that starting job."
It becomes very easy to start blaming external factors instead of focusing on what YOU can control in a situation.
Instead of "if...then..." use "I am...I will"
Instead of, "If I lost 10 pounds and toned up, then I'd be happy"...
Try, "I am 10 pounds overweight, I will train 5 days per week and log my food."
Instead of, "If I could just run a little faster, or be a little stronger, then I'd make the team or earn a starting role"...
Try, "I am not as big, fast, or strong as I need to be for my sport, I will seek help, pick up the intensity of my workouts, and get on a meal plan."
"I am...I will" is a clear IDENTIFIER of what you need to change and then a CALL TO ACTION to make that change. Once you say those two things to yourself, not only will you know what it takes to reach your goal, but you can focus on the next task in front of you instead of getting caught up looking at the finish line too soon.
Keep your focus on the next task in front of you, control the things you can control, and do them to the best of your ability. Feel success every day and that will help you take care of business tomorrow.