Part 2 of the 4 part blog on mental toughness. I often say (and think to myself) that just getting to the gym is 85% of the work needed to achieve my goals. Once there, the warm up kicks in, the blood starts flowing, and I realize that no matter who else is around me, I MUST finish.
Another key trait that sets the ‘great athletes’ apart from the rest is their determination; the insatiable desire and internalized motivation to succeed as well as their ability AND willingness to give 100%. This is more than simply ‘wanting to win’, we all want to win (or at least do well). No one I have ever known enters a competition thinking “wow I really hope I sh!t the bed on this workout”, that’s just idiotic.
What matters is how badly we want it and how much we are willing to sacrifice to get us there. Think about the last time you really really wanted something (and no I don’t mean bacon) and try to remember what that felt like. For me, when I REALLY care about something I feel as though my entire body is electrically charged, it is all I can think about, I want it so bad it almost hurts or aches and I’m willing to put myself through a hell of lot to get it.
Instead of worrying about what will happen if you don’t succeed, focus 100% of your energy on making damn sure that you give every thing you have to give.
Now, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t (we can’t win all the time). But if it is worth having it is worth fighting (and getting knocked down a few times) for. We all end up on our asses at some point or another (sometimes literally, depending on the workout),what matters is ability to get back up and go again with (if possible) even greater motivation to succeed.
5 rounds for time
20 Lateral Hops
15 Floor Wipers (105/155)
50m OH Walk (105/155)
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
– Evander Holyfield