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Coping with nerves when you’re about to lift heavy.



A touch of nerves can actually be a positive thing. It keeps you alert and ready. However, when those initial jitters transform into self-doubt, that's when things can take a nosedive.

I've observed people often undermine themselves with phrases like, "I don't know if I can do this" or "Should I even attempt it?" The moment these thoughts enter your mind, you've already begun to create a negative reality for yourself.


Now, let's say you go ahead and try despite your doubts, and it occasionally works out. But when it does, it often involves a struggle that wasn't necessary, or a lack of focus leading to poor technique. It's as if the only goal is to lift the weight, and that's not the right mindset for success.


This persistent cycle of doubt before every lift isn't a recipe for success. It's a fast track to hitting a performance wall, and the tricky part is that it's often not a physical barrier but a mental one. You'll keep believing it's a physical limitation when, in fact, it's your mindset holding you back. You'll feel like you just can't lift that weight, but the reality is that you haven't developed the mental resilience yet.


So, how can you improve this situation? Focus on what you want to achieve. Your mindset plays a crucial role in approaching heavy sessions or challenging sets. Instead of fixating on what you fear might happen, embrace the possibility of failure as a learning experience.

Sure, initially, as you work on developing mental toughness, you might stumble. This is because you're still not fully aware of your actual capabilities. But with consistent effort, you can make progress.


Visualize your desired outcome and the steps to achieve it. If you dwell on your fears, not only do you create a negative reality, but you also introduce unnecessary stress that disrupts your focus.

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