November 10, 2009
Your inner monologue can be a source of strength or a cause of weakness. Wendy Swift explains how you can fill your head with positive thoughts that will result in PRs and high performance.
If everything that passed through your head was said out loud to another CrossFitter, would you be considered a good coach or a bad coach, a motivating coach or a demoralizing coach?
I’m talking about that little voice inside your head that runs commentary throughout your day. Some people call it their “inner voice”; psychologists call it “self-talk.” Whether we are aware of it or not, we cannot assume that our inner voice is always doing us good. Sometimes our inner voice tells us things that make us weak, or it causes us to make bad decisions.
Taming your inner voice is like everything else: it gets better with work. Way before your performance deteriorates, a whole range of poor-quality thinking occurs. You’re the only one who knows about it, and it causes you to back off just a little bit. Sometimes it is delaying tactics, and sometimes it is taking a softer option, but you know that in an honest assessment of your performance, it was not the best you could have done.
So to access a better performance, you need to work on your inner voice. You need to make your self-talk consistent and constructive. You need to take responsibility for what you allow yourself to think.