Learning when to push and when to pull back is an important part of athletic maturity & something I still struggle with a lot. LISTEN to your body and learn to understand when you need to pull out the grit and push through and when you need to put your ego aside to successfully get the best out of your body THAT day. Even if it’s not the most ideal session.Mattie Rogers, olympic weightlifter
This morning, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Daily Pump Club email mentioned something I often share with people:
Smiling makes you feel better.
(By the way, Arnold’s newsletter is terrific. Great value for a small time investment. Ten out of ten would recommend.)
People tend to assume they need to be happy to smile—that the feeling should precede the action. After all, isn’t smiling a signifier of our mental and emotional state? If we feel miserable, why in God’s name would we grin?
“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”Mildred Witte Stouven
Here I am again.
Well, sort of.
I started writing this when I was literally five miles above the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, nothing but darkness outside the plane and a seemingly infinite expanse of black water below, 2,200 miles from the coast of Australia.
Now I’m sitting at a hotel in Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.
I’ve never been HERE before.
But I’ve been here before.
I’m two days out from a major competition and, depending on when you catch me, I’m feeling wildly powerful, ridiculously incompetent, excited, completely unprepared, totally ready, and anxious.
When I unrack that bar and there’s more weight on it than I’ve ever moved before, will I be up to the challenge?