If you weren’t awake until 1:00 in the morning Sunday, I’ll recap. New England trailed the Broncos 24-0 at the half Sunday night, and there was not much reason to think they could recover from two awful quarters of football. According to ESPN, teams that trailed by 24 points or more at halftime were 5-485 heading into Sunday night. 5 wins, 485 losses. Not great odds. In the interest of not boring everyone reading this, in a stunning turnaround, the Patriots came out for the second 30 minutes, and they chipped away and chipped away and chipped away until they beat the Broncos 34-31 in overtime.
So, what did I learn? At all levels of any sport or training, “selective amnesia” regarding bad games, bad lifts, bad workouts, is an incredibly valuable mental skill.
Relate this to your life in the gym. People who are high strung and constantly stressed out, worrying and second-guessing everything never make progress. It’d be physically impossible with your cortisol (the stress hormone that eats muscle tissue and increases the storage of body fat) levels always jacked up, and your testosterone levels constantly being suppressed.
Now, I know that life throws tons of unexpected stressors at us. We can’t avoid that and that’s not what I’m suggesting. I’m saying that you can at least reduce the stress in your life, and the negative effects it has on your results.
So, when you have one of those days when you can’t go up on anything, don’t worry about it. Relax. It happens. We’re human. You don’t have to call up Dr. Phil. No need to jack up your cortisol levels over something that happens to all of us.
There is no such thing as perfect, but you can ruin your training in search of it. Focus on what matters, trust the process, and chill out bro. And bro-ladies. Bras? Whatever.