Our lives are centered around a variety of collections of stories. Naturally, we all understand and make sense of the world around us through narrative. We create stories to describe why things happen to us, why people act the way they do, and why we experience certain situations throughout our lives. More importantly, however, each and every one of us has a story about ourselves that we repeat over and over again in our minds. These narratives are important because–ultimately–what we think, we become. Luckily, we all have the power to change the story we create. We are the only ones who can control our thoughts and self-talk.
What does this have to do with Crossfit? Or our performance as athletes? Everything.
First, we need to be aware of the current state of our personal narrative. We all need to take the time to look within and become aware of the story we have created about our being. The stories we tell ourselves can often be self-defeating.
This is the most I’ll ever be able to squat.
I am too weak to do a strict pull-up.
I am just not a runner.
If you find yourself thinking limiting thoughts, dig deep and find a new narrative to put yourself on the path to change the game.
Our minds are so incredibly powerful. It all truly starts and ends “between the ears.” We are only going to go as far as our mind takes us. Use introspection as your tool to first become aware of the story you have created about yourself. Then, make it a priority to take control of your own self-narrative. You have the power to achieve whatever you want, but first you must convince yourself of that. You then must believe it to your core. Then and only then will you be able to take the strides towards your goals and dreams.