THE MENTAL GAME
The simple, everyday thought of achieving your ultimate goal (winning a championship, being selected for the team, etc) be harmful to your overall chances of reaching that goal.
An athlete reached out recently and expressed a desire to gain 10-pounds prior to the season. This individual was frustrated because they were not able to sustain the little progress they had achieved and were not going to be able to hit their intended goal.
Upon further discussion, it was learned that the individual was using a workout program similar than before, following similar eating habits and only added 1 protein shake to their daily routine.
While it's important to keep the end goal in mind, we can't overlook the next step or next "200 feet". Coach Brian Cain uses the analogy of using a GPS system and headlights on a road trip. You enter your final destination (the end goal) into the GPS, which may be 200 miles down the road, and use your headlights to focus on the next step/turn/intersection that may be just 200 feet in front of you.
How does that relate to performance goals?
Continuing on our previous example, our "200 feet" goals may look more like this:
- Get 4 weight lifting workouts per week that provides increased volume
- Eat 3 solid meals (plus quality snacks) per day that includes XX grams of protein to ensure lean muscle mass is gained
- Set pre-bedtime routine so I can fall asleep quickly and get maximum recovery during sleep
Now the focus is hitting those marks on a day-to-day basis and collecting small wins on the path to achieving the ultimate goal. Plus, having a tiny setback (missing a day, eating out, etc) is much easier to rebound from and get back on track. Need help determining your "next 200 feet" goal?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with "200 feet" in the subject line and let us know what you need.
NEED MORE HELP???
When you're ready, here are a few ways to connect for a more personalized program or routine to fit your schedule, training and performance goals.
1. Think you need to update your training environment?
Check out the Fitness Scorecard to see what areas of your daily routine could improve to help boost your workouts, recovery and performance.
We will send you the results AND offer 15-min conversation to share ideas and strategies on how to maximize your training.
2. Want a visual reminder to help keep you on track?
Email us with "12 HPH" in the subject line to receive printable copy of our 12 Habits of High Performance that makes a great bookmark, wall paper or screen saver.