Through observation and learned experiences, I’ve found that training the mind is just as important as training the body. This is because the body can only do what the mind allows it to do. Sit and think of a workout that you felt you could have done faster, or with more weight, and I’m sure you can remember the moment where you decided mentally that you weren’t going to push it. I know it happens to me every time I workout, I think to myself, why am I putting myself through this pain. The answer to this question determines how I finish.
You see, the mind is just like the body, it has capacities, and just like the body, it can be trained to become stronger. I thought I had trained my body to what I thought was its limit, but I truly hadn’t. Breakthrough, (remember the little guy on my shoulder?) hadn’t been found yet. Each workout was a battle between my mental and physical capacities, and each time my mind won out and told my body to quit.
Don’t over think, take yourself lightly, and take a minute to realize that the work we do is fun. Everyday we struggle with one another to build each other up. As we continue to build our physical capacity, just take a breath to get your mind right, and you will be on track to achieve greatness. Breakthrough mentally.