Why do I get in the way of my own success?

 Why do I get in the way of my own success?

As a performance coach, helping athletes figure out the “why” is such an invaluable tool.   When I can provide athletes with tools and strategies to help them take ownership and control of their own performances in practice and competition I am providing them with ways to combat getting in the way of their own successes. 

Pain tolerance is a common “why” struggle I see with many of the running and triathlon athletes that I work with and the endurance community that surrounds me.  They tend to have the misconception that if you get faster you don’t feel as much pain, but that’s not entirely true.  Yes, if you’re faster you hurt for less time, but really what these athletes have is a different relationship with pain.  They know when they are in so called “pain”, they are exactly where they need to be and this is what it feels like to embrace it.  They not only practice physically, but they mentally practice having a better relationship with their pain tolerance. 

Mental strength training can help athletes develop a better relationship with their pain tolerance.  For example, reframing is a great tool that can help with this.  Reframing is an athlete’s ability to look at an event or situation from a different perspective.  You can use reframing to ease the pain.  Instead of thinking about how tired you are, or how much discomfort you are feeling, you can reframe your thoughts by telling yourself this is exactly what you should be feeling and that it will allow you to reach success.  In time, you will begin to see pain tolerance as your friend.