A few weeks ago, the competitor’s program had 5 sets of max double-unders. For me, this is quite intimidating, because it means a lot of double-unders. My first set, I got 285 reps.
uggghhhhhh…In my head, I had a moment where I was ready to “quit”; not literally quit, but simply to not give it my best attempt. I figured I’d do 100 reps and call it a day for the next four rounds.
But something happened when I begin my second set, and every set after that. When I got to 100, I told myself to do ten more reps. After that ten, I decided to do ten more. And then ten more, and ten more, and ten more….I got more reps the second set than I did in the first. I did this for all subsequent sets, achieving over 250 reps in every set.
All because I told myself to do ten more reps. In fact, I tricked myself into believing that I was truly only going to do ten more.
Why not try this technique every time you want to quit, slow down, or rest? Tell yourself to perform two, five, or ten more reps. Trick yourself into not resting when your brain tells you that you need to do so, but your body still has more in the tank. Sometimes you may only get two more reps, but other times, who knows~~perhaps you’ll get 100 more?
In the words of John Milton, “The mind is it’s own place”. You can truly make a situation what you want it to be. Your mind can make you the strongest athlete or the weakest athlete.