Attitude is one of the only things you can control when you walk in the gym everyday. We all understand that life happens and we all have good days and bad days. But if you can look at the workout in positive manner, I guarantee it will go better than if you don’t. The mind can be a powerful ally or enemy depending on how you use it. Two major things happen when you walk in the gym with a negative mindset. One you sell yourself short and typically under perform because you have already determined you are going to do poorly. Second, you bring everyone else around you down. Negativity is just as infectious as positive. I challenge you all to be conscious of what you say and how you say it. Little things that we say daily can lead to a negative mindset, and trust me I do these things just like the rest of you. The goal of this isn’t to make you change overnight but to make you conscience of the things you say and the actions you take. Sometimes the things we say and do are just habits that we don’t even realize we are doing.
Ways to be more positive:
- Try to avoid saying things like “this workout is gonna suck” it’s CrossFit and I get that sometimes we use that term differently than others but it still can restrict the outcome of the workout. Not to mention newer members can be really intimidated when everyone is talking about how awful things are.
- Remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary. You may not be able to do something or you may not be able to do something well but that doesn’t mean it always has to be that way. If you work at it you will be able to one day and saying that you “can’t” creates mental barriers that are much harder to overcome.
- Look at bad workouts as an opportunity to get better. If you aren’t good as something in particular such as wallballs and the workout of the day is Karen, 150 wallballs for time, instead of saying “this isn’t going to go well” and “I hate wallballs,” look at the workout as an opportunity to improve at a weakness.
- Stop focusing on winning and what others are doing. If you continually compare yourself to others chances are you will constantly be let down. Work to improve yourself and lift others up around you.
Next time you walk in the gym complain less, smile more, and get to work.