“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West
In life and in competition, it’s very rare that the days we feel our best are aligned with the days we are expected to perform our best. If we’re constantly waiting to feel our best before we give it our best we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. The people that make it to the top know this truth; feelings are often valid but we don’t have to be victims of them.
Instead we can choose to acknowledge them and choose a positive emotional response that helps us perform better. For example, if we are feeling unmotivated to push a workout instead of thinking “I’m here, I’m just going to take it easy, I’ll work harder tomorrow” we can take that unmotivated feeling and flip it to our advantage “I don’t feel motivated, this is a great opportunity to train in undesirable circumstances, this is better than training when I feel motivated because it’s more of a challenge, I love challenges” Halfway through the workout, we discover that we can act our way into the motivated feeling that we were lacking in the beginning.