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Lesson 1: Leave Everything Else in Your Mental Locker

I've been reading various books to improve the mindset aspect of weightlifting and sports in general. This helps me become a better coach and athlete. I'd like to share some key takeaways, so you don't have to read all the books yourself!

One practice I've adopted over the past year is leaving everything else in your mental locker. Of course, some days will be harder than others, but staying consistent with this mentality will naturally lead to better sessions.

From the book: The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive.

During your practice, avoid processing personal concerns (e.g., a student-athlete worried about university). Leave these burdens in your mental locker when you step into the gym.

There's a martial arts saying: "Leave outside, outside." An athlete distracted is an athlete defeated. Free yourself to switch into sports mode, directing all your energy toward your training.

If your concerns are really troubling you, remember that addressing them after your session will be more effective because you can give them your full attention. Worrying about things during training won't help you. For instance, if you're thinking about your studies, remind yourself that you can't work on them at the gym anyway. Once you're done with training, you can focus 100% on your studies.

After the gym, you can SWITCH OFF.

Don't bring your gym mentality home.

This balance allows you to enjoy other areas of your life and gives you time to rest and relax.

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