“How did you do on that workout?”
“How’d the competition go for you?”
“Where’d you end up finishing?”
If you participate in CrossFit, or any other type of event or sport…people are going to ask you about your performance. Others are going to be interested in how you did. Some of those people care about you and really want to connect with you. Others, are simply interested in your result for their own motivations. Either way, you’re going to get asked about the competition or workout, so here are some tips on how to answer those questions.
1. Describe HOW you did, not what place you ended up in, or what the score was. Instead of saying “oh, well I got 22nd place, or “we lost,” tell the person what you did well and what you might want to improve on.
2. If you really don’t feel like engaging, simply smile and say, “thanks for asking, mind if we catch up about it later?”
3. If you absolutely crushed it, you can say that, but then also give credit and thanks to your coaches, team or opponents for helping you get the most out of your abilities.
4. If you feel like you performed terribly, you may say something like, “well, there are definitely things I want to work on and get better at, and at least I learned a lot out there.” Or, you may want to say something like, “Damn, my opponents were great, I got my ass kicked, but it was good for me to go against such quality competition, it makes me want to be better.”
See, how you answer these types of questions matters.
If you just talk about the outcome, you make it more likely that you’re going to just dwell on the outcome.
If you just talk about wins and losses, well then you create a habit of thinking that’s what defines you. I mean what if you hit your performance goals, and did as best as you could…but still lost? What really matters there and what’s going to define your performance?
If you base your attitude off of where you placed on the leaderboard, then you’re going to be on an emotional roller coaster each time you compete.
Improve your language and you’ll improve your mental game. Improve your mental game, and you’ll improve your ability to perform.
If you want more:
- Products for CrossFitters: The Mental Edge Program – The Build Mental Strength eBook – 100 Journal Prompts
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