This message is for wrestlers who work their tails off. Slackers will use as an excuse to miss workouts.
One of the biggest mental mistakes I see is wrestlers practicing, lifting and training without a purpose. It is sad because there are many wrestlers who are hard working and passionate but they fail to improve much. Usually it is because they are doing things without a good purpose.
You can go through a whole season of practices without improving much at all. I hate to say it but many practices are simply a waste of time for many wrestlers. Now this doesn't mean to practice less at all. It simply means- Have a Purpose each time you train.
When you wrestle in practice have something EACH day you are trying to accomplish (i.e. move feet better, finish single leg quicker, mat returns, etc.). Spend at least a few minutes before, during or after practice improving that area. This is called deliberate practice and is one of the key factors in developing an elite performer.
When you lift weights, what are trying to accomplish? For starters the goal is to get stronger for wrestling and to help prevent injuries. Not to get abs or even to get bigger. Focus on the things that will help you wrestle better and avoid injuries.
When you run, what is your purpose? Are you trying to lose weight, improve general fitness, or have gas in the third period? The answer will help determine what you should be doing.
Mindset Tip: Before each practice or workout write down at least one thing you are trying focus on or accomplish. It will make a world of a difference!
1. A winner doesn't make excuses. Its easy to find reasons to miss practices and workouts. Winner's find reasons to attend them even when conditions are not ideal.
2. A winner maintains a White Belt Mentality. WInner's know that they can learn something from everyone. They aren't too proud to learn from people who are not "on their level."
3. A winner knows his/her values and prioritizes them. If wrestling and academics is more important than social life, a winner will get his work done first then play.
4. A winner wins every day. Anyone can be a winner sometimes. A real winner understands that consistency is the key. "Winning is not a sometime thing. It's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. Winning is a habit." - Vince Lombardi
5. Winners build other people up and help them succeed. They realize that someone else's success doesn't make them less likely to succeed themselves. They help build people up mentally, physically and spiritually.
6. Winners know themselves and are honest with themselves. They know when they need to train harder and when they need to recover. They don't use the term overtraining as a cop out. They recover when they NEED to not when they FEEL like it.
7. Winners believe that everything is possible. They don't place limits on themselves. They know, understand and believe quotes like "I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me." -Philippians 4:13
8. Winners have a purpose. They don't go through the motions. They know what they are trying to accomplish each day and each workout. They are specific.
9. Winners take chances and are not afraid to lose. They go after challenges and are not afraid to put it on the line. Winners lose more than losers lose because they compete and challenge themselves more frequesntly, whether in practice or matches.
10. Winners don't waste time. They understand that some people and some things will only slow them down. Winners eliminate distractions so that they can focus on their priorities.
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