Avoid This Dangerous Mindset in 2016

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. 

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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.  


Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell - CEO and Co-Founder Through my passion to forge myself into the best athlete possible, I developed a love for performance training. I learned and experienced that with the right training and the right coach, any athlete can change their body and maximize their performance. The passion I experienced as an athlete trying to find the best training regimen to achieve all my goals was the foundation for starting Peerless Athletics. I began a journey to find the “Holy Grail” of training by learning from great coaches and combining the best parts of each system into one complete training system: Peerless Athletics. I have personally been trained by the best performance coaches in the country including: - Mike Boyle (Director of S&C for the Boston Red Sox) - Dennis Logan (Head of NFL Combine Prep Program at EXOS) - Keenan Robinson (North Baltimore Swim Club and Michael Phelps’ SC) - Rob Oshinskie (Owner/Founder of Victory Sports and Performance) - Joel Saunders (Director of Adult Performance Training at EXOS) - Dennis Keiser (Owner/Founder of Keiser pneumantics) - Rob Taylor (Owner of Smarter Team Training) - Mike Gittleson (Fmr. U. of Michigan S&C Coach) - Augie Maurelli (Fmr. U. of Delaware S&C Coach) - Scott Moody (Owner/Founder of AthleteFIT) - Kevin Boyle (Director for Explosive Performance) - Chris Gorres (Regional Director for Explosive Performance) Athletic Accomplishments: As a walk-on at the University of Delaware, I beat the odds by earning a starting position and a full athletic scholarship. I played fullback/h-back and linebacker for the Blue Hens from 2009-2011. In 2010 we won our conference, the CAA, and went to the D-1 FCS Championship Game. After college, I used the Peerless Athletics Training System to improve my combine stats dramatically. I was invited to the NFL Super Regional Combine to workout in front of all 32 NFL teams. I would have never got to that stage without Peerless Athletics Training Systems which is why I am now dedicated to providing every person I work with the opportunity to use our system and become the best version of themselves.