Breaking the Barrier
From the first stinging drip of sweat into your eyes to the blood filling your legs to the point you can barely move, you respond to the challenge.
As it relates to championship aspirations of an athlete, as well as those entering the exercise world the first time, goal attainment will come when one abandons established beliefs of their own ability and challenges pre-conceived notions. For the elite athlete this means not avoiding the ‘pain barrier’ but rather welcoming it daily with their well designed training and dietary plan as part of the journey to the podium.
This is the unique similarity between ‘elite athlete’ and ‘everyday exercise enthusiast’ as despite the vast difference of abilities we all must be ready and willing to push through ‘mental weakness’ that will limit goal ascension due to poor self-image and pre-conceived notions.
Improving self-image and self-esteem is very possibly of the most important elements of exercise, sport and of-course, the iron-game. Daily tests and even recording your training and diet in a journal can be the ‘fuel’ for improving not only your physique or athletic ability but self-image as it will condition an individual to be accountable but furthermore stress, ‘yes, I can’.
This ‘yes I can’ approach, an internal belief, is honed slowly as small challenges are accepted daily and gradually the champion emerges to understand ‘adversity is something you overcome’.
Yet there is one other unique point as elite athletes consider the ‘pain barrier’ is what derails the aspirations of others and accept in personally as a ‘discomfort’ to be managed. Extreme muscle fatigue and sweat stinging your eyes to the point you can barely open your eyes are ‘daily rewards’ for the elite athlete. Yes, ‘a reward’ that you earn.
Yet there is one other unique point as elite athletes consider the ‘pain barrier’ is what derails the aspirations of others and accept in personally as a ‘discomfort’ to be managed.
For the elite athlete, the ‘pain barrier’ is of no concern because it is all part of the journey to the podium. The challenge of daily work is opportunity and for every moment you believe you ‘can’t, trust me you can.
Prepared by John Davies
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