What does it mean to be “mentally tough”? There are times that we know we are able to lift a certain amount of weight or crush a WOD time, but something stops us. I’ve often used the expression “it’s in my head” to convey what I feel is stopping me from achieving something that I think is doable. In CrossFit, we engage in activities that toughen us up physically, but becoming mentally tough is just as important for our success. Here are a few tips for becoming “mentally tough” and going after those goals you’re setting for yourself.
1) Decide what you want to do and COMMIT to it — This may sound simple, but it’s tougher than you think. In fact, it can be one of the toughest things you’ll do. Once you say you’re going to do it and fully commit to it, you have to make a change. What’s that common saying? “You’ll only go as far as you let yourself go”? Many times we know what we want, but we don’t want to commit because we know that there will be sacrifices. It’s easier to just want something instead of committing to it. So decide what you want and COMMIT to doing it. Once you get going, there’s nothing that can stop you.
2) Every decision you make, make it with the intent to become a better person — Be it at CrossFit, with your family, work, etc. When you make a conscious effort to follow through with your intentions, you’re setting yourself up to become a better version of yourself. And that in itself should be our ultimate goal.
3) Surround yourself with people who want to better themselves — misery loves company…but then so does success 🙂 Roadblocks will stop appearing as weaknesses, but rather as stepping stones to your goal. Stop looking at things like a burden, but rather a key to unlock the next door to your goal.
4) Have fun! — When you begin to develop that mental toughness by committing to your goals and becoming a better person, be sure to have fun. Without fun, there’s no point to it.
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