“I’m so tired.”
“You can do it.”
“Just one more rep.”
“I dunno, that looks heavy.”
“Just lift the bar.”
We’ve all got a little voice in our head, sometimes it’s helpful , sometimes it’s not.
“Did the dog just talk to me?”
Sometimes it’s really not. No matter how helpful or unhelpful (or strange) that little voice in your head is, it’s actually trainable, just like the rest of your body. It takes effort and near constant attention, and you have to hold that attention in even the toughest of circumstances. The middle of a WOD, for example.
At some point, there’s been someone you’ve seen do a WOD who just amazed you. Not the firebreather who just blazed through the WOD, but that person who finished last, minutes behind the next closest person, but who kept going. Who kept moving. Who ground their way through to the end. What makes that person keep going, keep powering through even when no one else is cheering? It’s that little voice.
It’s powerful enough to get you through an ugly WOD and powerful enough to derail an easy one. It can be your biggest fan or your biggest enemy. But ultimately, you’re in control of it.
Today’s a good day to start working on it. Just look at that WOD over there. Is that little voice already telling you it’s going to suck? You can start working on it before you even get to the gym! Remind yourself how much you love wall balls! How awesome burpees are! And add a box jump on the end of that burpee? How could that not be even more awesome?
See? You’ve already taken the first step to reprogramming that little voice. Now try it again without letting the little voice sound so sarcastic