Ever doubt yourself right before a big race or a challenging workout? It happens to the best of us! But here’s the good news: athletes like you can unlock a powerful tool to improve performance and self-belief – positive self-talk.

Imagine your inner voice as your personal hype man. When that voice whispers “you can’t,” you might give up on those last burpees. But flip the script with a “Yes, you’ve got this!” and watch yourself crush them!

Positive self-talk isn’t just for everyday life – it directly impacts your training. That inner dialogue before and during workouts shapes your approach and ultimately, your results.

Here’s how self-talk can be your secret weapon:

  • Boosts Energy and Effort: Starting a tough workout? Self-talk can get you pumped and put in your best effort.
  • Powers Through Fatigue: Hitting a wall mid-set? Positive affirmations like “Keep going!” or “Breathe!” can give you that extra push.
  • Conquers New Challenges: Nervous about a new workout or aiming for a personal best? Self-talk builds confidence and increases your chances of success.

The best part? Benefits are immediate! While it gets more natural with practice, you might see improvements the very first time you try it.

Ready to make self-talk work for you?

  1. Plan Ahead: Identify a situation where you want a performance boost. Is it a challenging workout or an upcoming race?
  2. Craft Your Cues: Create a list of simple words or phrases that fit your situation. Struggling with deadlifts? Write down “You got this!” or “Strong and powerful!”
  3. Swap Negativity for Positivity: Turn those self-doubts into positive affirmations. Instead of “Ugh, this is heavy,” reframe it to “I can lift this. I’ve done it before!”
  4. Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse your cues regularly and see how they make you feel. Adjust them if needed.
  5. Stick with It: It might feel strange at first, but experiment! Try saying your cues silently or out loud. With practice, you’ll be surprised at how effective they become.

Self-talk is a powerful tool for athletes. By training your inner voice to be your cheerleader, you can silence doubt, boost confidence, and reach your full potential! Remember, your inner voice is always there – why not make it your biggest supporter?

“May the power be with(in) you”!


(Ok, ok…that was corny, but you catch my drift!)