Nov 27th, 2013
Author: CrossFit CDR
Category: CDR Community
Tip of the Day:
Excelling as a CrossFit athlete is not only physical, but mental as well. Too often I hear people say– “I can’t”, “I won’t”, “They are better than me.” Repeating these negative statements to yourself already sets you up for failure in a scenario called a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” In this instance, a person already pre-determines what will happen to them in the future, i.e “I haven’t been able do to pull-ups, so I probably won’t get one today,” and than when that person doesn’t get a pull-up they have just satisfied what they had been telling themselves. Does this sound familiar to you? I’m sure at some point in your life, or somewhere along your CrossFit journey, you have done this to yourself–I know I have. You think that you aren’t strong enough, fast enough, flexible enough–the list goes on and on. These negative self-statements can then lead to a pattern of self-negativity, which can affect your performance in a very detrimental way. If you constantly tell yourself that you can’t do something or aren’t good enough to do something, then that will translate into other areas of your life. CrossFit then may become a place of stress for you instead of a place of fun, encouragement, and camaraderie.
This negative thinking can plateau your fitness gains, which will further cause stress and frustration.
A good way to deal with this cycle of negative thinking is to prepare a list of “if-then” statements. These statements outline scenarios of your negative behaviors, and will give you a strategy on how to turn the negatives into a positive. For example:
“If I tell myself that I can’t do an unassisted pull-up, then I will remind myself that I can now do pull-ups with only a purple band, and before I had to use a blue.”
” If I tell myself that I am not strong enough to do the Rx weight, then I will remind myself that I am able to lift 20 more pounds during the workout then I used to.”
“If I tell myself that the other guy is better than me, then I will shift my focus to myself and what my strengths are.”
By using “if-then” statements, you are replacing your negative thinking with positive thoughts. Reminding yourself about how much progress you have made will give you the motivation to continue improving. Having a positive attitude will also make this experience more enjoyable for you, which will then help you in reaching your goals. However, this can be a long and lengthy process and you may struggle with this all the time. I still catch myself saying negative thoughts, but then I practice my “if-then” strategies and fill my head with positives. Your attitude greatly affects how you will succeed in CrossFit and in any aspect of your life. Also, ask a friend, spouse, or significant other to help by making you accountable for making your positive affirmations. With this support, you will be much more likely to undo this patten of negativity!
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