Regardless of how long or how often we merge from our comfort zone to attack the unknown, it’s inevitable that the little “imposter devil” will sneak up from behind and latch onto our backs like a virus that takes hold of our immune system. Self doubt, in many ways, is an illness because it can render us sick and useless. It can hold us back if it catches us off guard and vulnerable. How many times have you wanted to stay in bed on race morning because you were nervous? How many times have you told yourself that you don’t belong at the start line? See? It’s a sickness, I tell ya.
How then, can you prepare for battle and turn off the self-sabotage button? What is your Tamiflu for negative mind chatter? Preparation. Like an actor rehearses a script long before opening night, you too should practice your race day script so that it becomes second nature. You avoid illness by taking precautionary measures like taking vitamins and drinking fluids. In the same way, create a winning mindset by taking precautionary measures and script out your entire race day from start to finish. Practice over and over again how you want to race.
I wrote about this in my latest book, “Headspace for the Perfect Race,” available on Amazon.com. This small book is a step-by-step guide that will teach you to rethink how you approach goals so that you can move from an “I wish” to “I will” mindset. Each informative chapter in builds upon the previous step and offers straightforward, manageable checklists to help you remain accountable to your goal. Headspace for the Perfect Race proves that success isn’t just about crossing the finish line first but about your attitude and the strategic steps you follow to get you where you want to go.
Recently the book received promotion in two major media outlets. Special thanks to both Austin Fit Magazine and TrainingPeaks.com for featuring the book in their January posts about creating a positive plan for 2015. I encourage you to download this simple guide and share it with your friends. I little wisdom can go a long way!