Every athlete deals with self-talk, that little voice in the head telling him or her to quit, speed up, drop the bar or push harder. How we manage that inner voice has a lot to do with the success or failure of our efforts. Standing in front of a room of elite CrossFitters, Trevor Moawad, IMG’s director of performance, gives these athletes a pep talk on scripting a strong inner monologue.
“You can literally convince yourself to do almost anything,” Moawad says before giving some anecdotal evidence about the success of the self-talk strategies at the IMG Performance Institute.
“All words are simply tools,” he says, and you have to decide if you want to use those tools to build something up or tear it down.
Additional reading: The Mind Game by Steven Shrago, published March 27, 2010.