We’re half way through a session Paul stands there, panting waiting for YPT to let him know what’s next on the agenda…..Â ” Right Paul 15 Push ups, get down, eat the floor and make em pretty!”
The room closes in on Paul he hates push ups they’re so tough. “How will I manage 15 Push-ups? I hate push ups!Â I slept really badly last night…. I think I have a cold coming on I’m never going to manage them?” Paul thinks to himself.
Before Paul even starts the exercise he’s been consumed by DREAD…. The exercise has defeated him before his hands even touch the deck. YPT knows what Paul is capable of because he’s been training him twice a week for the past 4 months. He knows he has the ability but he sees DREAD creeping in to Paul’s head YPT knows the signs as he sees it every week.
The average person has thousands of thoughts every second, some of which are conscious self-inflicted ideas, and others are that play silently in the back of our subconscious mind. Many of these thoughts are negative whether we like it or not. It’s normal you’re human, again focus on how to make a bad thing good.
If you ever watch rugby players, American football players etc before a difficult match in the changing room you’ll probably see them siking themselves up slapping each other, head butting each other, roaring like a chimpanzee on Crystal Meth or whatever it takes to destroy those nagging little voices in their heads that constantly taunt their insecurities that each and everyone of us has. Now I’m not suggesting Paul should approach me and head butt me. What I find helps is to take 30 seconds before I lift the Olympic bar on a bench press or any other exercise that I feel intimidated by and do the same thing as rugby players do but in my own head. I shout and scream, no one would know it until now as it’s its all inside but you must….. MUST shout down those voices of insecurity every time…. Trust me the results are magical.
YPT turns to Paul after the 5th disastrous push up and tells him to stop. I explain to him what I’m seeing, and I tell him to get his game face on, stop apologising to the push up and attack it…. Start again but this time “Be Aggressive!” “FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE or it’ll defeat you every single time” Paul stops thinks and attacks…. Success 15 pretty push ups.
Every professional sportsman does this… I’m sure of it because they’re all humans with insecurities. So don’t waste time feeling weak and less of a man or woman learn how to shout down those pathetic voices and I guarantee you’re whole attitude to exercise, fitness, life will improve.