I am my own worst enemy. I bet you would say the same for yourself. We set goals, deadlines and standards for ourselves that we wouldn’t necessarily expect from others. I think aspiring to be more and do more is a good thing, and definitely part of a competitive nature, but every once in a while we need to give ourselves a break. And maybe even a pat on the back for what you have achieved thus far.
We’re about 5 weeks out from the powerlifting competition and for me, during recent workouts, the nerves are starting to creep in. I’m mentally calculating what the weights need to be for my first, second and third attempts so I can PR on my fourth. I’m starting to second guess my training performance wondering if it will be enough to reach my goals and I’m worried that I might fail.
Guess what? I’m going to fail. Maybe in training or maybe in competition but it’s going to happen. It’s inevitable. And I need to tell myself that it’s ok. That’s life my friend and if I didn’t fail, I’d be perfect and that’s far from the truth.
But what I I think is important is to not beat myself up over it and remind myself to be proud of the work I’ve done. If it doesn’t pay off with a new big PR, then I should just shake it off and keep on working. That’s true in the gym and in all areas of life.
Keep working, keep striving to do more and be more…but be proud of who you already are and what you’ve done to get there.
Doing the work and hoping it pays off!