your own way GE T OUT OF Photo Credit: KAI YORK DO YOU EVER NOTICE YOURSELF SAYING ONE THING AND DOING ANOTHER? 13. This phenomenon comes up in the sport of physique competition because the real work is in the weeks and months leading up to the contest. It’s one thing to say “I”m doing a show!” but it’s the little decisions along the way that add up to big results, either positive or negative. When an athlete’s thoughts are on point, the result is clear. The opposite is also true. When our thoughts are off, our actions reflect that self-talk and the mediocre results speak for themselves. level in her next contest, feeling very proud of her accomplishment. Another teammate decided that her life would be better if she started working out after work instead of before. She posted her goal for herself on the team’s private Facebook page and gave herself a realistic deadline of 6 months to practice this skill. Using the resources available to her, making herself accountable, and giving herself a realistic timeframe in which to practice the new skill, are three helpful methods she used for effective goal setting. Mindset is everything. How you think has an appreciable effect on how the body responds to training, nutrition, water, and quality rest. In our book The Team Blessed Bodies Athlete Mindset Workbook, which we co-authored with famed Sports Psychologist Terry Orlick, we have a whole chapter dedicated to Clearing the Obstacles to Excellence. Here are some things that a few of our Blessed Bodies competitors have done to help themselves when self-sabotaging thoughts were an issue. Another teammate rewards herself whenever she accomplishes a short term goal, like accumulating days of consistency and compliance to her plan. She’ll buy herself a cute new sports bra, snap a photo of herself in it, and post it on Instagram as a way to treat herself and celebrate her hard work. One athlete in contest prep found that she struggled late in the day to adhere to her nutrition plan. She started putting reminders in her phone to put herself to bed early, and created a phone tree of teammates whom she could call if she felt stressed. It worked. She placed second out of thirteen, and qualified for the regional Self-Sabotage is another issue. One athlete, when she’s having trouble making it to the gym, will call a training partner or a friend and ask them to meet her there, as a way of getting herself to do it. All these strategies can help an athlete stay focused when negative self-talk or behaviors come up.