Competition Mindset

Competition Mindset

Prior to this year’s CF season, I went for a training camp over at Training Think Tank in the US. They helped me prepare physically, but also mentally for the upcoming competitions. This article reflects some of the tools that I’ve been given to improve my performance.

 

DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

  1. Working In vs Working out
  • Out= Using energy. Taxing your system.
  • In=Refueling the engine to reach balance.
  1. Broaden your scope.
  2. Increase your tool box.
  3. Plan ahead.
  4. Be proactive.

 

SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS ONLY ON THE THINGS YOU CONTROL

  1. Preparation.
  2. Execution.
  3. Effort
  4. Strategy/Pacing.

 “Outside expectations are the spoilers of all good outcomes.”

CREATE BELIEF

  1. Deliberate practice.
  2. Create a plan. He who fails to plan is planning to fail– Winston Churchill
  3. Positive self-talk.

 “Don’t be tied to any outcome. Effort is a choice, winning is not.” –Brannen Dorman, TTT coach.

 It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

 After each important workout you ask yourself:

Did I get into the arena and fight today?

 

By: Andre Houdet, Performance Coach

 

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