Let’s face it. It’s a harsh world out there. Social media declares what is acceptable/normal, haters are going to hate, and at the end of the day, YOU (not others) have to believe in yourself to taste even one ounce of success in this competitive world we live in.
As a follow-up to my 6-Step Guide to Channel Your Inner Athlete (which you get when you sign up for my email list over there on the right or right here), I wanted to talk a little bit about how to assess where you are mentally, so that you can then formulate a plan of success to work towards your goals with the mindset of a CHAMPION.
Any time you are trying to improve upon something, you need to identify your weaknesses as areas for growth. Therefore, I have created a mental scorecard below.
Take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to measure your current mental state as it relates to working out from 1 to 10 (1=low, 10=high). BE HONEST!
_____ Goal Setting: I have daily process goals (leading to the ultimate goal), and I know exactly what I want to accomplish in the long term
_____ Visual Mental Imagery: I often visualize myself performing well before I actually make the attempt (i.e.- visualize running a 7-minute mile)
_____ Confidence: I have a ‘Can Do’ attitude when the going gets tough in my workouts
_____ Self-Talk: My thoughts are positive and powerful
_____ Mental Focus: I stay in the moment and on target in my workout sessions, and I do not let my surroundings distract me
_____ Mental Toughness: I do activities that are hard, and I stay positive regardless of any physical set backs
_____ Enjoyment: I incorporate fun and humor into my workout sessions to avoid becoming too serious and uptight.
_____ Body Language: I carry myself like a champion in the gym (or wherever I’m working out)
_____ Intensity: I vary the frequency, duration, and mode of my workouts to avoid over training
So, how well did you score? What areas are you weak in? Your score could range anywhere from 10-100!
When I did this exercise, I definitely identified that I need to work more on adding fun and humor into my workouts and more self-talk.
When you are on a mission, it can be easy to get SUPER serious, but you have to incorporate some fun in there to avoid viewing fitness as a CHORE. So I plan on calling up a friend here soon to do some partner sessions and work on my handstands (because for some reason I always start giggling when I practice handstands). And as cliché as it sounds, the few times I have actually said positive phrases to myself, it definitely helped build my confidence in that moment, especially as it pertains to doing something for the first time.
The goal is to get to a point where you can at least score 7 or more for each item. So now you’re probably thinking, “OK, so how do I improve on these weaknesses?” Stay tuned for my next post!
Be sure to share in the comments below how you scored and any advice or special tricks you may have to help people become more mentally fit.
And don’t forget to share this with your network and post on my FACEBOOK PAGE with #MentallyFit if you found this exercise helpful.