Everyone wants to win or do their best. You know when you determine who wins? In practice.
So, Let me ask you, are you practicing?
Stick to the hard practice, the one where you are pushing yourself and learning the difference between pain that means “Stop!” versus “Hey, this is just discomfort, don’t change a thing. You got this!” Find yourself being consistent in practice even when, especially when, you don’t feel like it. Motivation is getting yourself to do things when you do not “feel” like it. Get clues from your body and make sure that you honor it, especially if it could be leading to an injury. Otherwise, push on… The same is true for emotions.
Imagine yourself pushing hard in practice and you get a cramp. Imagine that right now. Your brain is pleading with you to stop and telling you that dreaded word “Can’t”- right now, what feeling are you experiencing? Defeated, demoralized, discouraged, disillusioned, disappointed? Feelings are not facts. Feelings can hijack your brain.
Just because you have a feeling, does not mean anything. You determine what the physiological sensations mean in your own brain- they do not have an inherent meaning.
Own that process!!!
Can you predict that you will experience fatigue?
A hundred times, yes.
How are you programming your own brain to interpret fatigue? That is part of being an athlete, responding to fatigue messages.
Practice how you respond to fatigue. Same in a relationship. You will feel worn out, tired, exhausted. How do you respond when the feelings are too much for you?
Practice it over and over and over and your response to fatigue shifts to what you practiced. Do not leave it to chance.
Because you can predict fatigue, you can prepare for it.
Talk back to that mischievous brain of yours, trying to convince you that fatigue means to slow down or stop.
Fatigue will not injure you or harm you. Your brain will attempt to convince you that you cannot do this and you will say back to your brain…..
I can do this. I got this.
I am not afraid of fatigue.
This is discomfort and I can push through this.