Mental Toughness Training
As a runner, a christian and a coach I spend a lot of time thinking about…well, how I think. How do I focus better under pressure? How do I flush out the mush and train my brain to stay sane through the pain? How can I help my clients through their mental blocks? This year, I can also add the excitement and utter fear I have about having my first child in April. What will I need to do in order to cope with that pain?
One way (and there are many) to work on your mental game is to pick a focus word.
- Find a word that has multiple connections to your heart strings and a few positive connotations.
- Meditate on it, on how that word relates to those positive things. Forge a familiar mental path that leads you from that word to the many uplifting and energizing feelings, images, and truths that it connects too. TIP: I like to draw out the word and color it in while I think about those thing. The multi-sensory exercise helps reinforce the mental and emotional connection.
- Place it where you can see it. Probably somewhere you need to see it. Your mirror, the unlock screen on your cell phone, your dashboard, your wrist. Once you’ve established your connections to your focus word, all you need to do is catch a glimpse of it for renewed strength and motivation.
A focus word is helpful during long training runs or hard workouts. It can help before a stressful work meeting or when you’re trying to get your day started. I hear it can also help when you’re in labor and you bet I’m going to try it!
While I don’t pick a word for the year, I do have words I choose for certain aspects of life.
Persevere is one I chose for trail running and marathon training. I’ve worn this Endorphin Warrior bracelet for big races since 2012. I’ve rubbed my fingers over the letters and remembered the call in Hebrews 12 – “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” and James 1:4 “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Now, in a new season of life, I’m adding Relentless because it both fires me up AND makes me feel secure. Of all the connections I’ve drawn to this word, these are the two biggies:
A Relentless Spirit
Relentless, like Persevere, is about not giving up. However, Relentless is more aggressive, more about pursuing with endurance. Right now I’m growing my coaching business, we’re starting a family and we’re building a new community in a new town. I know what I want and I’m going after it with a Relentless spirit. This is how the word Relentless gets me fired up.
A Relentless Love
“You carry us when the world gives way. You cover us with your endless grace.”
This song, called Relentless, by Hillsong United is so comforting. It reminds me that God’s love for us is RELENTLESS, endless, and even oppressively constant. We cannot escape it.
There’s nothing I can do to make God love me less. So while there are so many ways in which I fail and so many things in life that are unsure and scary (like giving birth), Relentless reminds me that I’m safe and secure where it matters most.
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