Perspective is everything.
You know this. Having a bad day? Change your attitude. How, though, can we do this?
Today, I had to row twelve, five hundred meter repeats. Surprisingly, I wasn’t dreading this. Why? Here is how it was written:
Complete 4 Rounds of:
Row 500 m @ 70% Rest 2 mins
Row 500 m @ 85% Rest 2 mins
Row 500 m @ 100% Rest 6 mins
If this workout had been written as row 12×500, row 6, 000 meters, or row for 70 minutes (because essentially, that’s how long it took), my attitude approaching and during it would have been one of absolute dread; however, because it was presented in rounds with a percentage of certain effort being required each round, I mentally was able to get through it.
Have you ever tried doing this with a workout that you are dreading or that appears significantly daunting? If it is high volume reps at one time, how about dividing it in smaller clusters prior to beginning it? Or, if it is a particularly long workout, how about figuring out what percentage of your maximal output that you can exert in the beginning few rounds and adjust this as it progresses?
Most times all that you have to do is look at something in a different way to be able to get through it more easily…
Both in the gym, but more importantly, in life also.
How about dividing life’s challenges into “rounds”? Or, maybe realizing that the 100% you gave to a task in the beginning may only enable you to perform at 70% later on down the road?
Whatever it is you decide to do, remember, perspective is everything.