When you’re at an event, there are hundreds of factors that can easily grab your attention and distract you from your purpose. Your mind is constantly filtering different stimuli as you try to stay calm and confident. People all around you are asking you questions and trying to engage.
To be your best, you have to learn how to navigate conversations and practice only talking about things that will HELP you. You gotta work on what you’re saying, how you’re saying it and who you’re choosing to say it to. What you talk about often becomes what you think about.
So, if you’re continuing to talk to everyone around you about how you’re tired, or how it’s hot, or what the other athletes are capable of…you may be setting yourself up for feeling more fatigued and less confident.
You may even be trying to give yourself excuses in case you don’t perform like you want to (that’s another post for another day, you know what I’m talking about).
You see how that works? What you choose to talk about, changes your focus and creates a damn cycle.
What NOT To Talk About On Event Day (and really not worth talking about most of the time)
- The poor, or uncomfortable weather – once you’ve planned for it, don’t mention it
- The schedule/heats/timing that isn’t what you expected – know that you’ll have to adapt, and do that. Don’t keep bringing it up
- Other competitors, athletes, teams and what they are doing, or aren’t doing – if there’s a takeaway or something to learn, great. Then, get back to your prep.
- Any fatigue, pain, sickness that you’re feeling – once you’ve spoken to your coach or loved ones about any concerns, decide on a plan and that’s that
- How you didn’t sleep well at all last night – okay, well that’s in the past, you’re still capable of greatness and it’s time to do what you can
- The equipment or gear you “wish was different” – well it’s not, so….
- How bad or inconsistent the judging/reffing is – Bring up any issues with the head judge, or your coach and then drop it
- Your previous poor performances – Learn what you can from it, then focus on the present
You’ll likely want to discuss some of the above topics with a coach, and make sure you’re on the same page for any type of preparation or recovery. But, spending time complaining, bitching, or bringing these topics up again and again, will be taking away from your focus. Your attention will shift to factors you can’t control, which typically leads to doubt, excuses and anxiety.
Instead, keep your words centered around how grateful you are, your plan, your desires, and your positive talk. Be the LIGHT in your conversations and don’t give in when others start with the complaints, excuses, gossip, negativity or unnecessary comments.
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