3 Position Snatch
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Coaches Corner with Coach Cheryl
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
One of the most important characteristic that is shared amongst some of the most successful people is selfconfidence. Selfconfidence is defined in several different ways. I define self confidence as the ability for an individual to believe and trust in one’s own abilities, powers, and judgement. What most people fail to realize is that selfconfidence is something that can be learned. The more you practice selfconfidence, the easier it will become.
How does this relate to your training? Every time we step in the gym we make a choice. A choice to approach a workout with confidence in our abilities. A choice to try something new. To add 5 more pounds on the bar, to throw the heavier wall ball, to try and do a workout as prescribed. To give 100% of ourselves to a workout. Then when the workout is over we make another choice. Our reflection on our workout is one of the most important things we can do to build our self confidence.
Do you tend to leave a workout with statements like “I suck at double unders” or “pull ups always kill me, i knew I was going to break down.” These are just examples, but if this is the selftalk you give youself when you have just thrown yourself at a workout with everything you got, what do you think you are doing for your selfconfidence? This is where practice makes perfect. Easier said than done, but perhaps if we can learn to replace that negative self talk, with positive and encouraging words, we might actually leave more motivated than ever! It is easy to be confident when you feel good about a workout. It requires effort to find the positive in the ones we don’t feel we performed as well as we wanted.
Someone once told me that I will always learn the most about myself from the training days I feel the worst about myself. I believe that. Mostly because those are the days that require me to practice self confidence. Learning to replace the negative with the positive can make you stronger in ways you would not even dream of.
So next time you are having a “rough” day in the gym, take the time to really think about how you will react to the negative thoughts that will pour into our head. Find the positive in even the worst of days because they make you stronger. Remember that success does not come easy. It requires hard work, determination, dedication, and definitely selfconfidence.