Worst Enemy or Strongest Ally? 8 Articles to Strengthen Your Mind

When it comes to training, your mind can either support your success or hinder your development. Read on to learn how to develop some real mental toughness.

“For the one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.” -Bhagavad-gita

Do you find yourself making excuses to get out of training? Or maybe you have the opposite problem – you’re too hard on yourself? Training the mind is just as important as training the body. Read on to hear what our experts have to say about goal setting, knowing when to take a break, starting over, and more “mental” matters:

1. If Your Goals Don’t Scare You, They’re Not Big Enough (Nick Horton)

Setting goals and falling in love are similar…and frightening. What if what you want doesn’t happen? Isn’t it easier to avoid the heartbreak? Learn how to set scary, but achievable goals.

2.Self-Discipline vs. Self-Love: The Yin Yang of the Athlete (Amber Krzys)

Don’t let discipline get in the way of really getting know your body. It’s a deeply courageous act to stop and listen. If you tune-in regularly, your body will never lead you astray.

3. Seeing Starting Over As An Opportunity (Becca Borawski)

Have you ever reached a point in your fitness pursuits where something interfered with your progress? Starting over can be daunting, but your perspective can make a difference.

4. Getting Stronger Through Mind Control: A 3-Step Meditation Plan (Nick Horton)

Does thinking too much interfere with your workouts? Learn how the brain actually works and how to use simple meditation to reach your full athletic potential.

5. Self-Medicating with Athletic Activity: No Prescription Needed to Take Things Too Far (Valerie Worthington)

When does athletic activity cross the boundary from life enhancing to unhealthy preoccupation? What can we do about it?

6. Harnessing Momentum: 2 Tools For Creating and Keeping It (Traver H. Boehm)

Who doesn’t love having the universe on their side? Here are two ways to harness the power of momentum for any area of your life – fitness, health, or career.

7. Excuses That Derail Your Fitness Journey (And How to Stop Making Them) (Jeremy Scott)

Having spent a lifetime in the fitness and athletics world, Jeremy Scott has heard all the excuses. Here he gives us some examples and ideas on how to keep them from derailing your training.

8. Sports Psychology Warning: Do NOT ‘Psych Up’ Till You Read This (Nick Horton)

From the hyped up football player to the calm golfer, finding the right emotional state that is appropriate for the task at hand is central to your ability to succeed in sports

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