Enemy Mind

By Ed Tseng

In Athletes, Competition

June 15, 2014

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Your thoughts can derail your performance—but only if you let them.

Here are some common thoughts at CrossFit boxes all over the world:

“I can’t wait until this is over. I can’t sleep the night before a competition.”

“The countdown: There’s no turning back. These are the most stressful 10 seconds of my day.”

“The clock gives me instant anxiety, and it takes me a minute or two to get my focus back.”

“This is exciting!”

“Let’s do this!”

“I love to compete!”

What determines whether an athlete gets stressed or psyched before a competition?

The answer is in the six-inch CrossFit box between their ears.

As a mental performance coach, I see the mental game cause some athletes to break down and others to break through. I have spoken to gold medalists, national champions, world champions and CrossFit athletes regarding how they are able to access the zone-like state consistently. Here’s what I unearthed about the mentally fittest on Earth.

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