"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."
-- Golda Meir
Life is such a crazy rollercoaster that has its ups and downs. We go through a lot, and it takes even more to overcome those obstacles to get out of the many ruts we will experience. The same thing goes for the gym – you will have strengths and weaknesses, and the key to achieving success is facing those challenges with a strong mentality. A lot of people think that mental toughness (also called grit, determination, etc.) is often thought to be a trait you are born with. That couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, it's a skill you develop - just like cardiac output or muscular strength. It's something we work on every day in the gym. You have to learn to be mentally tough in order to get better and better each day.
Take muscle ups for example. We have had several people in our gym finally get the muscle up that they’ve been working their butts off to get for a long time now. It wasn’t the strength that was holding them back. It wasn’t the form. It was their mentality. They took that small part inside of them that was striving to get what seemed impossible – and turned it into reality. The moment they believed in themselves, they got that muscle up. And trust me, it feels so good afterwards to finally accomplish a goal that is so important to you! Building your mental toughness isn't easy (obviously or everyone would do Karen unbroken) but it does give you an incredible level of satisfaction when you get a taste of it. Next time you are in the gym, get your mind in the game. Tell yourself that you can, and you will. After all, as Confucius said, “The man who says he can, and the man who says he cannot… are both correct.”