Weightlifting is a skill. Winning is a skill and it starts in the mind.
Many Weightlifters will train for months, weeks, days, and hours for future competitions and for what ever reason show up on competition day missing more lifts than expected. Obviously, no one goes into meets expecting to miss but the mind is a very powerful agent that is either working for you or not. As I said and I’ll say it again:
“Winning is a skill.”
Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll start to train your mind to win whether for Weightlifting or in life. The lessons learned in Weightlifting apply to other areas of our lives.
Vision: what you see is what you will experience
What kinds of visions are you creating in your mind? Are you creating pictures of success? Are you forming mental visions of successful lifts? Training is not just simply about finishing the pull and staying close to the bar. Training should include mental exercises that improve your chances of successful lifts. If you don’t then the possibility to allow our minds to drift into negative thoughts can create doubt and failure. If you miss a lift then the mind is clouded with doubt. If you train your mind with visions of success then your chances are greatly increased that you’ll succeed.
Think daily thoughts of winning. This takes effort on your part and no one can do this for you. You are responsible for the thoughts you harbor in your mind.
Words: what you say is what you’ll get
Do you talk to yourself with winning in mind? What do you say to yourself? Do you talk to yourself as a winner or a loser? When it comes to winning it’s critical that you talk to yourself in positive affirmative words that increase success.
“I am the best.”
“I can do this.”
“I am prepared for this.”
I often talk to myself and tell myself that I am the best. I often tell myself that I am the strongest. Others would say that’s arrogant but don’t be concerned with others opinions of yourself. They are not thinking for you and not thinking in your best interests. I repeat these winning words in order to improve my chances of winning and success. I’m always thinking with winning in mind. I’m always thinking of the best possible outcome. Because if I don’t no one else will do the thinking for me. If I don’t think with winning in mind by talking to myself with winning affirmations then I invite doubt and fear to cloud my thinking.
Mohamed Ali became is the greatest boxer of all time. He said it himself. He flooded his thinking with winning in mind and he was extremely hard to beat. In his own words:
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
Arrogant? Confident? It doesn’t matter what you think. Mohamed Ali became the greatest because he said so.
Weightlifting is a skill. Winning is a skill.
Are you a winner?