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Keep a diary and build trust in yourself

14 December 2015 No Comment

In my last article I talked about courage, it takes courage to do things that scare you. But doing those things require you to trust yourself. Trust yourself that you’ll make the right decisions at the right time. A lot of pre race nerves are based on the fear that we’ll not do what we normally do in training. Like many fears it’s totally based on self doubt.

Most of us have more ability than we believe. In fact it’s often the coaches job to drag out that performance by “kicking down the barriers we have set up around us”. Just because you have never done it before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it now.

Most of our supporters actually have more faith in us than we often do. A little exercise I encourage athletes who are nervous to do is, write a list of our fears. All the things that are worrying us about the impending race. Then make a list of all of our supporters, that’s family, friends, training buddies. Now as we go through the list of supporters, have a thought about what it is that makes these people believe in you.

In most cases these people believe in you, because you have a history of “doing the right thing”. You’re dependable. These people are used to seeing you achieve at whatever you have set out to do. You are an achiever. You complete what you set out to do. They trust you to make the right decision at the right time. They trust you to be the best you can be, because that’s what you do in all other parts of your life.

This sport attracts over achievers, the people I am fortunate to coach are all at the top of their game, whatever that occupation is, they’re leaders. These people are dependable by nature. They’re honest, When they look in the mirror at the end of the day they know they have given their best.

If you happen to be a little worried about the race you’ve committed yourself to, take a look in your rear view mirror at the rest of your life. If people trust you to always do your best, if you’ve done everything on your program, trust the program, trust yourself.

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