Yesterday I saw this clip from a recent talk given by Skirt Sports founder, Nicole DeBoom, that so spoke to me I felt the need to chat with you about it today. Nicole talks about positivity vs awfulness and how altering her attitude profoundly changed the way she kicked butt while winning her Iron Man race back in 2006. Yes she actually won it!
Positivity vs Awfulness
Confession: I am really great at being a cheerleader for my friends and fellow MRTT mamas. When they get nervous before a race, I can rationally remind them to trust their training and believe in the hard work that they have done. However, when it comes to myself, I can so easily allow myself to focus on things that could go wrong or doubt my training. I can let myself think of the “awfulness” or allow irrational fears to take over.
I know from my training in psychology and social work how negative thinking can derail the best of us on race day or any day. I’ve mentioned before how I get very anxious before big races. I start to worry about the weather and a dozen other factors that could impact my race. After listening to Nicole’s talk, I am motivated to try some of her tips to foster positivity and quell some of the negative self talk.
See Nicole DeBoom’s full talk here. I promise it does not disappoint.
Bring along a lucky charm or wear a lucky clothing item
Nicole talked about wearing the first ever running skirt (that she designed) during her Iron Man race and that one small thing gave her the confidence she needed to persevere. As people noticed her racing by in her skirt, she heard their comments and that gave her confidence and that confidence led to courage.
Nicole reminded me that smiling is contagious. Even if you initially fake a smile, that smile can then lead to someone smiling back at you. Smiles are contagious and they can bring confidence.
If you are focusing solely on all that can go wrong, the “awfulness”, it makes it pretty difficult to perform at your best. Makes a whole lotta sense to me! While I won’t be doing an Iron Man, her perspective is applicable to any race or challenge. Now I just have to teach myself how to do it.
How about you? What are your tips for focusing on positivity vs awfulness? How do you quell negative self talk?
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