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083: How to Overcome Obstacles to Performing Your Best

mindset Apr 11, 2019

 

As coaches and runners we are familiar of coming up short in some of the biggest moments.  There are always athletes who manage to step up when it is all on the line, and others who...well, don’t.  What is it that separates these performances? The answer is generally in your head rather than in your legs.

In this episode, we cover the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our full potential.  All of the topics fall under the general umbrella of limiting beliefs. We have these ideas stuck in our head that hold us back.  Unfortunately, our subconscious mind reacts to a thought we have as though it is a fact. This means if we tell ourself anything negative, we then think that idea is a clear truth.  

We start with the notion of bringing previous experiences to our current situation.  What started out as a survival mechanism is now holding us back when we try to apply order and logic to a new experience.

We continue with the go-to negative self talk that comes from underestimating our own performances.  We don’t think we are good enough, worthy, or deserving. Connected to this idea is and negative comparison we are likely to engage in.

Finally we dive into the massive topic of self-sabotage.  We could spend hours on just this portion, but here we highlight several methods of sabotage.  We use pre-emotive excuses so we do not actually have to risk failing, we will actually work against ourself to create more excuses, we find methods of wasting time so we “don’t have the time” to put in the needed work.  All self sabotage come from fear. Fear of success, failure, or just the unknown.

We finish with a discussion of this question.  What would happen in your life if you never backed down from a challenge?  

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