Mental Toughness

Sometimes we gotta stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start believing in ourselves!

Sometimes I tell myself that I'm not in my prime anymore (I'm 37) and it's not possible for me to get better. I usually then ask myself..."why not? Why am I allowing this excuse to take up space in my brain?" 
My brain is good at coming up with excuses and I hate it. I hate the fact that my first instinct is to justify giving less than my best.

Here's a short list of excuses that I've come up with:
I'm too sore.
It's 4am.
It's 6pm but I worked hard all day.
I didn't get enough sleep.
I have been eating too much junk.
I'm old.
My shoulder isn't quite right.
I'm too small.
I need more men around to push me.
Bla bla bla

Let me tell you....these are not valid excuses! This stuff is just BS that I create to justify not giving 100%. 
I know this because there have been times when it was 4am, I was tired, I was really sore and I was by myself and I was able to give 100% and put up a good score/lift.

For me, there is a constant battle in my head, before and during a WOD. Most of the time I am able to tune out the excuses and remind myself to stop being a baby!
I am not writing this to brag about my mental toughness. Trust me, there are times that I let the excuses win and I don't give my best. I dont want to preach to you so I am just sharing my own experience. I'm sure most of us can relate.

It sounds cliche but instead of asking "why?" We should be asking "why not?"

Stop letting excuses prevent you from doing what you set out to do! You commited to Crossfit for a reason. Everyone has to start somewhere but now that youre here...stick to it and don't be discouraged. Don't be a baby! 
Stop avoiding your weaknesses....attack them!

Several times I have heard "you're mentally tough because you're a bad ass". Like, I'm good at Crossfit so it's easy for me to suck it up and give it my best. That's not true. I like to think that Ive gotten much better at Crossfit because I'm mentally tough.

Sports are great for building positive characteristics that apply to everyday life. Crossfit is no different.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start believing in yourself!!!!