Watching our sporting champions compete for gold and glory at the Olympics has been a great motivator. It has also thrown up a few lessons on how mind set can affect performance. While training is a certainly physical challenge, the first step to achieving any goal is winning the mind game. My secret weapons are being positive and being consistent.

Even if you’re a naturally energetic person (like me), everyone has low days. The trick is not to let a low day turn into a low week, then creep into a low month…

That sounds easy but how do you make that happen? I build mood boosters into my life so no matter where I am there’s always something within my reach that I know will help lift my mood.

Try these tricks….

  1. Have a mood board at home and at work. Fill a cork board with images that make you feel happy. I can’t look at a photo of an overwater bungalow in Tahiti or my nephew without smiling… and instantly feeling better.
  2. Find a “mantra” or quote that inspires you. One of my favourites to remind me that it is all worth the effort is… “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” Facebook and Pinterest are bursting with inspiration!
  3. Surround yourself with positive people. Call/text/facebook a friend you know will lift your spirits without even trying. I have a friend whose energy is so infectious his positivity never fails to rub off on me. Being that person for someone else can also be very powerful.
  4. Don’t forget to cut yourself some slack! Sometimes you need to listen to your body when you feel a bit flat and want to sleep in… or have another Tim Tam… or ease up for the last 2 kms. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to burnout or highs and lows in your performance, when what you really want to achieve in the long-term is consistency.

Being consistent is my other secret weapon for winning the mind game .

Til Next Time.