I’ve been reading a lot about muscle and strength lately and one of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that muscle gain is 90% mental!
Although it plays a big role, building muscle and strength is not all about lifting the actual weight and going to the gym as often as you can. I feel like sometimes the mental side of things gets lost in the mist of all the articles, videos, and tips on muscle building. So many coaches and trainers talk about how much to eat, what to eat, how much to sleep, when to workout, what supplements work and don’t work, what workouts get the best results.. the list goes on and on.
If you’re at a plateau right now or you’ve ever experienced one, you know that in order to break out of that plateau a change must be made. Thinking back at my personal experience, I almost always break out of these funks by adjusting my mental game! Whether it be in baseball where I am in a slump and I can’t get a hit to save my life or it it’s in working out when I simply can’t add another pound to save my life.. THE FIRST THING I DO IS MAKE A CHANGE MENTALLY.
Think about these questions:
What is my goal?
How strong (or good) do I want to be?
How much energy (or success) do I want to have?
How hard am I working to achieve my goals right now? (Be brutally honest!)
What change can I make in order to start improving?
If you ask yourself these questions, it becomes almost blatantly obvious what you have to do in order to achieve success and exactly how to do it. Most of the time when I’m not hitting, I find out that I am not working as hard as I should be at practice or OUTSIDE of practice and I’m not focused at the plate.
Everything becomes crystal clear once you ask yourself these simple questions. It is vitally important that you are honest with yourself however. It’s like looking into the mirror and asking yourself, “Did I win the day?” If you start setting goals and if you ask yourself these questions at the end of each week or even at the end of each day, you’ll quickly notice if you’re doing what it takes to achieve your goals.
A quick note on goals:
Remember, a goal NOT written down is just a dream.
Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
T. Time Bound
Muscle gain is 90% mental! Think about what you want to do, how’re you going to do it, the steps it takes to achieve it, why you want to do it, etc. and constantly ask yourself if you’re doing what it takes to get there.
If you didn’t guess it, in the next article I’ll be talking about goals!