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Thursday Pep Talk: Are you nervous?

Are you racing?

Are you nervous?

If you said yes that’s good, because it means you care. And caring is good because it means you will get more out of yourself than if you don’t care.

But let’s not let the nerves get out of hand. Out of hand nerves are exhausting. Out of hand nerves cost you mental and physical energy. If you are puking with anxiety days before the race then your nerves are out of control and those aren’t the good kind of nerves. Take a deep breath. The world could end in an hour and then what? I don’t know the answer to that question other than that it makes the present moment not really worth puking anxiety over.

Out of hand nerves are usually a product of fear. What if I fail? What if it hurts? What if I don’t do well? What if, what if, what if….and then usually you will start finding reasons to support why you won’t do well. What a complete waste of time this is and it does humanity a huge disservice so get your shit together. This is nothing more than a mental trap your ego gets you into.

But what if you kick ass? What if you succeed? What if trying your absolute best and putting yourself on the line is enough? Well here’s a newsflash….it is enough because that’s the only part of this situation you can control. Focusing on the “what ifs” of the outcome are an exhausting waste of time and energy. Focusing on and getting excited nerves around your own execution and your own effort are an uplifting and productive use of your mental energy.  

Or go watch Netflix and take your mind off of it- the mental rest will do you some good.


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