Go Big or Go Home

Suzanne —  October 7, 2013 — 6 Comments

Nationals is just a few days away and it’s no secret that I plan to go big. As in, American Record big! So, why, about eight weeks out, was I having reoccurring thoughts that maybe I should just stay home?

I know I’m not alone. All of my teammates are aiming for some impressive numbers this weekend and some pre-meet nervousness is normal. But my level of self-doubt had reached a whole new level. My thoughts were constantly about “what if I can’t do it again…” and how I would disappoint myself, my team and my coach. And, the closer the meet got, the less I wanted to talk about it.

Despite my negative self-talk, training continued as usual and fortunately, I still enjoyed the process. My teammates kept it fun and my coach was always good for an occasional pep talk. As the weeks passed, I began to see glimpses of my confidence returning but it wasn’t until a workout in early September that I started to believe my own hype again.

I left the gym feeling better mentally than I had in weeks. And, to ride that high a bit longer, I sent a short text to my brother, a former lifting coach and Physique competitor, updating him on my training progress:

5 weeks out. 300×3 for 3 sets

Next few weeks going to be fun.

 His response was exactly what I needed and it has become my mantra:

Trust the training. Trust your coach. Do the work. Create your own luck.

Photo credit to Abby Laub, BG Magazine. See a complete article about the Miss Fits in the fall issue of BG magazine. lanereport.com/bg

Photo credit to Abby Laub, BG Magazine. See a complete article about the Miss Fits in the fall issue of BG magazine. lanereport.com/bg

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6 responses to Go Big or Go Home

  1. Above all, trust yourself. You know what you put into it and you will reap what you sow! I see all of y’all working so hard all the time. Best of luck!

  2. Think positive and it will be so… sending you all big GOOOOD LUCK wishes from Israel.. 🙂 waiting to read all about how was it.

  3. The process always works. Our mind will tell us 1, 000 different things a day about the same subject but at the end of the day the truth is still the truth…it never changes and the truth is, trust the process…it works. Stay strong and good luck!

    • Suzanne

      JR,
      Thanks so much for your words of encouragement & support. You are absolutely right. We’ve done the hard work so now we should have some fun!
      ~Suzanne

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