Aug 20th, 2011
Self confidence – It is essential to success in your training and for success outside of the gym walls. Self confidence allows a person to have a positive outlook on what’s in front of them. You have to believe in yourself that you are able, or at the least, will be able, to accomplish whatever challenge is in front of you. It beats doubting yourself, or worse, causing you to not even try. Self confidence has to be built up from the inside out and through repeated successes and through repeated recovery from failures.
On the physical side, I don’t think there’s many people in this world that just step up to 225lbs and snatch it up over their head on their first try. Most of us mortals have to start lighter and build up the strength and skills. Then we practice, fail, practice some more, and eventually succeed within our set efforts and current limits. On the social side, we still have to constantly push out our comfort zones. Maybe you’re shy in a large group, or you tend to be an introvert, or you might feel uncomfortable when speaking publicly. To progress, you’ll have to practice exposing yourself to a little risk of being uncomfortable or making a slight fool of yourself. If you can accept the risk of a little embarrassment for the sake of unlimited benefits of being more socially capable, establishing rapport with your co-workers, bosses, business partners, and deepening your relationships will become a tool to help you be a stronger person.
The flip side of not being self-confident is that you’ll build up walls around you to protect your fragile self image. These walls will impede you from striving to get stronger, faster, leaner, etc because you won’t be willing to risk failing. You’ll tell yourself “reasons” why you can’t do something. Or worse, you’ll tell yourself why external factors like other people, places, and things, are “reasons” why you can’t do something or, yet even worse, you’ll look for fault in why others can do things. This insecurity with not being able to accept who you are currently, traps you from becoming the stronger person you can be. When you walk into the gym, I want you all to let go of any energy you’re using up on self doubt and focus that energy instead on what you can do to build up small successes within your sphere of influence. Focus on what is in your control. Be content with who you are, but never complacent. When you really believe in who you are and what you’re doing, you’ll have the confidence to punch people in the mouth who may say otherwise ;)
“H.I. & Q.I.”
1. Work up to 1 Max Effort Snatch
2. Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
3 hang power snatches, 95lbs
5 box jumps, 30″
3. Athletic Skills Test
081811 H.I. & Q.I.