So many times I remind my athletes that they are athletes 24-7! Of course you don't need to (nor should you) think about training every waking minute of your daily life. However, don't be surprised when something you do (or think) away from practise, impacts negatively on your next training session or competition. It is the time we spend away from and around our training that supports the effectiveness of what we achieve during practice time.
As an analogy, think of holding your sports career in the palms of your hands like water. The water represents your career, your abilities and achievements. Your fingers represent the hard work and the many facets of your training along with your focus. However, the gaps between your fingers represent the time between training sessions and competitions along with any detrimental character traits! Poor discipline, a sloppy approach, careless actions, negativity, self doubt, poor self talk etc... the list is long.
It is not uncommon to see the athlete who is continually late for training or forgets pieces of kit to then go on and reap what they have sown by missing 'call up' at a major Championships or turn up to compete having forgotten something integral to their performance. If the time between training sessions is spent in a counterproductive way then don't be surprised if the effectiveness of your training effort is dramatically reduced or compromised. If the 'gaps' are allowed to open then your sports career and potential will literally slip through your fingers...
This time between training sessions should reflect an awareness of any possible physical AND psychological negativity that might lessen the effectiveness of your training or your ongoing development. So, try to eradicate or minimise negative thinking in EVERY aspect of your life. Try also to conduct yourself physically in a way that will not impact poorly on your next training session. This could be something as simple as slouching in a chair all evening watching TV and then finding that your lower back becomes tender and sore, because that will most definitely impact negatively on your training time. Maybe, you now see that what you do AWAY from your training can and WILL impact on the effectiveness of your training effort. Learn to utilise ALL of your time in a harmonious and effective way. It is absolutely the key to maximising your effort and abilities.
After all, YOU are in charge of your sports career AND your daily life. Keep a firm grip and enjoy your success....
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