Mental Toughness Strategy #4 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 1)

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In the fourth part of this series on mental strategies, I will talk about extensively on the power of mantras. Mantras are strong one-sentence phases that motivate us to be aggressive and relentless in our behavior. They should be short and full of action words as you will repeat them often during a workout. I repeat mantras to start off a workout, to help me remain focused during a WOD, and most often when I feel like quitting. They are meant to inspire you in times of need. In other words, they better make you haul ass and finish the WOD.

You’ve seen a lot of mantras in sport commercials. Known world-wide, Nike’s “Just do it” mantra is simplistic yet quite effective in motivating people to take action.  Other mantras in the media are so damn cheesy, but hey, if they get you off your sofa then that’s a good thing. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #4 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 1)

Mental Toughness and Getting Laid Off (Part 2)

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(In part one of this series on dealing with being unemployed and mental toughness training, I talked about how getting laid off can be one of life’s biggest challenges. When your family is depended on you and you suddenly have no cash flow, it can be a very stressful time in your life. I know for me when I was let go of my job a couple of years ago, I was devastated. Being fired wasn’t the hard part.  It was the constant frustration of looking, applying for work and getting no responses. I can’t tell you how mentally down I was. Unless you have tons of money stacked away in your saving account, getting whacked from your job will be one the most difficult things that you will have to deal with.) Continue reading Mental Toughness and Getting Laid Off (Part 2)

Mental Toughness and Getting Laid Off

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I get a lot emails and questions from my readers about how to obtain mental toughness during a life crises. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting some requests about how to deal with life when one just got laid off or fired. Nothing sucks more in life when you are suddenly jobless, especially when you have a family and kids to take care of. I been through this situation is the past and I know how grueling it can be on you psychologically and the drain it can put on between you and your family. It was just an awful time in my life and one my darkest periods where I felt like a complete failure. I’m usually an upbeat person, but during this time when I was constantly getting rejected from potential new employees, I went into a deep self-destructive depression. My mind was ravaged with negativity and just bad thoughts about everything. I was so full of frustration and anger, I wanted to lash out on my ex-boss and those new businesses that wouldn’t bring me for at least an interview. When I had nobody to direct my hate to, I inwardly pointed all the bottled up pain I was feeling towards myself. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Getting Laid Off

Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 10)

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(In this continuous series on combining mental toughness training with physical enhancement, I discuss how you can simultaneously improve your body and your mind. In the last post on this series, I went over the importance of bracing your abs during movements. By getting your abs tight, you are protecting your spine, but also working your abdominal much harder than with traditional ab movements. The problem must people have when training their mid-section is due to all the fitness lies that the media has been brainwashing us to believe. Most of the information on how to get a six-pack is so wrong and down right ineffective. As a result of the poor advice, the majority of people work their abs for hours every week and they still can’t see any definition.)

The worst advice all those celebrity fitness trainers are tell you is do “spot reducing training.”  This is when you concentrate on a specific area of your body to lose fat, like just targeting your stomach and ignoring the rest of your body. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 10)

Mental Toughness and Supplements (Part 2)

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(In the last post on this series,  I looked back on a training session I had with a good friend during a CrossFit Class. We were both struggling on a dreadful WOD that featured deadlifts and box jumps. After one of the rounds that we finished, my friend said he was glad he took his B-12 vitamins or he wouldn’t think he could finish the WOD. I thought he’s response was horseshit. Eating a huge bowl of vitamins has no effect on improving one’s ability to get through a tough physical challenge. The only thing that will get you through the misery is your mental capabilities. You must always rely on yourself and not a magical pill.Part one ended with my friend on the ground, looking as if was done with the WOD).
I knew my friend had more in him. When I saw him getting up, I knew what I said must have unnerved him a bit. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Supplements (Part 2)