Following a brutal workout, it’s not uncommon to contemplate the reasons it did not go as well as you had hoped. My back was a little tight. I have a cold. I didn’t get much sleep last night. But habitually stewing on the negative can really mess with your mentality. Eliminate excuses from your workouts by following five simple steps.
1. Be Kind to Your Body
Being healthy is the first step to pardoning those pesky excuses. Athletes need to remember that food is fuel for the body, rest days are required and binge-drinking nights are a bad idea. To eliminate excuses, you should begin by eliminating any potentially problematic variables. And adjust to the idea that when you do indulge in something less than healthy, your workout will suffer a bit and it’s not a big deal.
2. Compete With Yourself
Fixating on the whiteboard can overwhelm rationality. Each athlete has strengths and weaknesses. Everybody has good and bad days. It’s imperative to compete against yourself rather than trying to get to the top of a whiteboard each day. It’s not realistic, and it can ruin your perspective on your own performance.
3. Practice Positivity
Some positive self-talk can go a long way. Before a workout, embrace giving 100 percent (knowing that your 100 percent may derive different results on different days) and being pleased with your personal efforts. Setting goals that are out of reach or unrealistic will only lead to disappointment and a search for excuses. Challenge yourself to practice positivity and appreciate what your all-out efforts accomplished.
4. Keep Your Mouth Closed
Bad habits die hard. So if you know yourself to frequently think of excuses, you’ll need to retrain your brain. And that takes time. While you’re trying to rein in the rumblings in your head, learn to keep your mouth closed. Negative chatter is counterproductive to your personal progress, and quite frankly, it’s super annoying to everybody around you. Muting your mouth will do wonders for getting your head on track.
5. Remember, It’s Just a Workout
I know CrossFitters tend to be a little crazy, so this might blow your mind … it’s JUST a workout. At the end of the day, who gives a sh*t how fast you did “Fran.” Don’t get me wrong, for those who use CrossFit as a full-time profession, it does matter. But for the rest of us (most of us), it’s a means of getting off our asses, staying in shape, looking good naked and challenging ourselves. So when things don’t go as planned, please remember that it’s just a workout.
Excuses may help you feel better about a poor performance, but they change nothing. So screw the excuses. Learn to take ownership for your accomplishments and your shortfalls.