Talking Yourself Into Success

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Talking Yourself Into Success

I love talking to myself. I don’t always have the nicest things to say, but when I do, I am unstoppable. The trick is figuring out those buzz words that work for you that get you out of bed and into the gym, focused on your mission and eating your food like an Olympic athlete. Sometimes the not so nice things are what gets me motivated, and sometimes I need a good old fashioned glob of positivity to help me through the day.

How can you find those words that really resonate and fit with you that offer optimal levels of inspiration? I have a few ideas…

1. Start Where You Are:
There really is nothing worse than a well intended motivational message that energetically doesn’t resonate with you. If you are just starting a new goal and you don’t yet believe you can do it, saying you are the Ms. Olympia Champion is most likely not going to inspire you. Instead, take your message one step beyond where you currently are at energetically. For example, let’s say you have a new goal, but it is something you have never done before. Maybe you are going to take up Marathoning, or maybe you want to try a figure competition. The goal seems exciting and scary at the same time. You want to believe in yourself. You are not quite there yet, but you want it. Say to yourself: “I want to believe.” This is the first step. Then when you start feeling like it is possible, bump it up a bit, say to yourself: “I got this.” Can you feel the difference in energy from the first one to the second? There is more confidence in the second one, but don’t be afraid to start where you are, and for it to be ok where you are.

2. Know Where You Are Going:
Even though your goal may be far off in the distance, tap into and connect with the energy of how you will want to eventually feel. Have an energetic end goal if you will. We all have goals of what we want, but what about how we want to feel along the way. I never had a bad ending to an awesome journey. So really connect with where you are going energetically, so you can recognize it when you get there.

3. Create Visual Reminders:
It is easy to forgot what we want to say to ourselves without visual reminders. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, wear a bracelet or ring with your message on it. Put the message somewhere you can see it so you can remind yourself of it and continue to say the word or phrase in your head over and over throughout the day.

4. Remember to Upgrade:
Once your message no longer has the juice anymore to get you going, it is time for an upgrade. Create a new message that is the next step closer to your goal. Keep on upgrading. If you can’t think of any ideas, look to some of your role models and get some ideas from them.

I hope you found this helpful. Be sure to check out the link below for my new Silver Coaching Program. Have a great month of February.

Nancy Georges
IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Coach
http://www.nancygeorges.com/programs.html

Mental Skills with IFBB Pro Susan Graham

susan2Once in a while an athlete comes along that inspires me and makes me sad that my competition days are over. Susan Graham is one of the hardest working athletes I know. It is no surprise that her body is a fortress of perfection. Working with Susan was a delight and a challenge in every way that I enjoy. Thank you Susan for the opportunity to help you with mental skills for the 2016 competition season. You are an incredible athlete! I respect your commitment and dedication to the sport. Enjoy the break. I hope to see you on stage again in 2017. Here is Susan’s story…

Susan’s Story

“Working on mental coaching with Nancy during my last contest prep was truly beneficial. I am a IFBB pro and compete in Women’s Physique. I’m dedicated to the process of getting to the stage, but I felt I could step up my game mentally. Since so much of what we do as competitors is mental, I knew with Nancy’s knowledge and experience she could help me step up my game. Each week we would talk and sometime I would not have obvious problems, but with Nancy’s intuitive questions we would find issues that needed to be addressed. After talking, I would feel empowered and motivated to keep moving forward towards my goals. Nancy is a veteran to the stage and understands any issue a competitor faces. She helps work through issues without judgement no matter how big or small.”

Susan Graham
IFBB Pro Physique Athlete

For more information about contest prep and mental training for figure, physique, bikini and bodybuilding, contact Nancy at http://www.nancygeorges.com or nnancypro@aol.com

Nancy Georges

IFBB Figure Pro
Contest Prep Coach
Mental Game Coach

 

How To Win Every Competition

 

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The Mental Game of Winning

Fitness, Figure, Bodybuilding, Bikini Competitors
(applicable to other sports as well)

Every competitor has the goal of winning a competition. The problem is, only one athlete walks away with the overall title. So how do you make sure that every competition you enter, you win? One way to make sure you win is to set up a variety of goals. I like to have the goal of winning, obviously, but I also like to include goals that are within my control.

One of the greatest boosts to self-confidence for sport is feeling like you have control over your process. I like to set goals for my level of conditioning, communication with others during contest prep, mental skill that I want to work on, level of focus in my workouts, feeling joyful about the process, eating my meals on schedule daily, weekly and monthly and more. All of these goals we have control over.

When we feel in control of our process, we get to win every day! The outcome of the competition is almost irrelevant, but I have never had a good journey that did not have a good ending. Creating goals throughout the competition process, whether that be for three months or six months, is a great way to enjoy and win every step of the way. At the end of the day, we are challenging ourselves to become a better version of who we are. That does not get measured for twelve weeks, it only gets measured one time, on one day. Here are some ideas for setting winning goals

Setting Winning Goals

1. Set Outcome Goals: An outcome goal is the result of your efforts. The most popular outcome goal for competitors is to win. I like to make other outcome goals such as surpassing the level of conditioning I was at in previous competitions. Sometimes I like to make outcome goals of meeting a certain amount of competitors at the show that I connect with. Outcome goals are the easiest to set, but keep in mind there are other outcomes to measure besides winning. Shorter range outcome goals include hitting target weight, measurement and body fat markers, being able to do a certain amount of cardio, having a specific amount of strength and endurance for your workout. Most outcome goals can be measured by, you guessed it, the outcome.

2. Set Performance Goals: Much of our performance is in the gym, therefore our pre-performance is very important. Eating our food on schedule, taking our supplements, and drinking the proper amount of water each day are all performance goals so to speak. We have an interesting sport that unlike many others, needs to be thought about throughout the day in order to create success. When we set and meet goals of eating our food on schedule, not skipping meals or snacking, this is the foundation for creating the physique of a champion. We will not get to our outcome if we do not have this setup. I like to make daily and weekly goals for how many workouts I will do, how many cardio sessions, as well as when or if I will have a treat meal. Other performance goals include contest day, how you will do on stage, which can also be broken down into smaller daily and weekly goals.

3. Set Procedural Goals: Procedural goals are perhaps the most overlooked goals. In our sport it is important for our shape to have a certain look to it, for that reason, it is important to create goals within our training that change the process of the workout in order to hit the muscle more effectively. I spend a lot of time with my clients viewing videos of their form, to make sure that not just the exercise is being done, but it is also being done in such a way as to maximize the look of the muscle. This is one example of a procedural goal. There is also a most effective breathing that goes with the workout depending on what you are doing, you can set goals very specific in this way to improve your effectiveness in the gym. It seems micromanaging, but it really is the difference that makes a difference. Everybody works out, but at the end of the day it is how you go about doing it, that matters.

4. Set Short, Medium and Long-Term Goals: When goal setting, many athletes focus simply on the outcome of getting to the stage and winning, but they don’t consider the wins they can be creating every week and every day. Break your goals down into short, medium and long-term goals. For our sport, I find it useful to have daily goals, weekly goals and a long term competition goal. My daily goals will often include for example: 5 minutes of mindfulness, 40 minutes of AM cardio, weight workout, eating my meals on schedule, having a positive attitude, feeling grateful for the process. Those might be my goals for the day. When I nail down the mindfulness for example, I may add the next day 5 minutes of visualization and have different behavioral goals depending on how my day was before that. When I lay my head on my pillow at night and I know I have had a successful day based on my goals; that is a win! I get a trophy. Do that over and over each and every day and I can’t guarantee you will win, but I can guarantee, you will feel like a winner!

5. Visit Your Goals Often and Be Open to Change Them: Having the flexibility to change goals is as important as setting the goal itself. Most often I find we think that something will take less time than it actually does. Be open and flexible to change your show date, increase or decrease performance and process goals and to in general be flexible to re-assess to see if you are still on target for the date you have selected. Many athletes feel like a failure if they change the date of their show. Nonsense! If you need more time, create more time by re-adjusting your goals. There will always be another show, so why not move forward toward your goals with success every step of the way? Win every day!

I am sure you have thought of other goals to include. If you want, create a list of short, medium and long-term outcome, performance and process goals. Then pick the most important one to work on. Once you have mastered that, move on to the next goal, while keeping the previous goal in check. This is a fun way to have a good contest prep, not just for the day of the show, but for the entire journey.

Nancy
http://www.nancygeorges.com

References:

Hanton, S., Mellalieu, S., & Williams, J. (2013). Understanding and managing stress in sport. In   J.M. Williams & V. Krane (Eds.), Applied sport psychology: Personal growth to peak performance (p. 207-234). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Pope-Rhodius, A. (2016, October 25). Lecture. JFKU

Robinson, S. (2016, October 25). Lecture. JFKU