Let’s talk about self sabotage.
Do you understand how your mental game is hindering your training and races? The attitudes, beliefs, and mindsets that runners, cyclists, triathletes and endurance athletes take into a race dictate their performance success. Every one of us is capable of undermining our own goals because we all have an inherent inclination to self-sabotage. Self sabotage can show up in all sorts of ways – in our life as well as in our sport.
It is any behaviour or thought pattern that limits you, that puts the brakes on, that stops your self belief in its tracks and therefore restricts your growth and progress.
It can be insidious – you often might not even be aware of it. It can be an ingrained habit you’ve had for years.
It isn’t always a voice saying ‘you can’t do this’. You might not think you are ever sabotaging yourself but see if any of these sound familiar to you:
🤔 Feeling undeserving/self doubt
🤔 Perfectionist – over-controlling
🤔 Superhero – trying to do it all
🤔 Independent – fear of asking for help
🤔 Expert/rigidity- thinking you know best and not open to new ideas.
🤔 Certainty – staying in your comfort zone where it’s safe
🤔 Fear of failure – lacking confidence to tackle challenges.
🤔 High expectations – placing your bar too high, causing anxiety about outcomes
🤔 Blame game – pinning the fault on other people or circumstances
🤔 Never taking action – when your mind thinks about it a lot but you DO nothing
🤔 Unable to manage race day emotions
🤔 Worrying about what others think/social pressure – always chasing ‘kudos’
If you’re nodding to any of these things and want to learn some effective tools to sort it out, then drop me a line. I’d be happy to help. Don’t let your mind get in your way 😊