Psychologywod’s Crash Course in Competition Prep

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Next week marks the beginning of the CrossFit Open 2014.  For those of you who don’t do CrossFit and may not know, the Open is an international competition in which athletes will do a set of five workouts (one each week) and submit scores via an online forum.  This is the first stage of qualification for the CrossFit Games, to be held in July.  The majority of the thousands of people who will complete the Open workouts have no intention of qualifying or actually competing—they are simply taking the opportunity to test their fitness relative to their own performance in the past, or relative to others in their age group.  Or, they may be participating in order to be a part of a fun community event.

Given the number of articles I have written on competition and the mental game since starting this blog one year ago, I thought this week would be a good time to provide links to the articles that relate most to competition, preparation, mental toughness, and general psychological and emotional aspects of putting ourselves on the line in some kind of competitive endeavor.  Keep in mind that each article addresses more than just athletic pursuits; the applications to life off the field are critical and always covered.  Indeed, they are why I was inspired to start this blog in the first place!  We all have so much to learn from applying the mental game of sport to the mental game of life.

Here’s my top ten for competition-related content (in no particular order):

1.  Threat vs Challenge: Do you experience competitive scenarios or other performance opportunities as a threat (risk of failure) or a challenge (chance to shine)?  Read more about the implications of each way of framing your endeavors:

2. Responding to cues mid-workout:  How skilled are you at listening to your body during a workout or competition?  How able are you to adapt to your audience in the middle of a presentation at work?  Read more here:

3.  Fear of Negative Evaluation:  Learn more about how anxiety affects performance and how you can develop performing-enhancing states of mind, for sport and life:

4.  Overthinking:  Read about the differences between accessing cognitive processes for learning new skills and allowing your body to do its thing once you are no longer a novice:

5.  How do you move on from a less-than-stellar performance?

6.  Understanding the value of visualizing just after you’ve conquered a physical challenge.

7.  Injured and unable to participate in the Open or other competition or challenge?  Feeling left out and blue?  Read more here about the psychological aspects of injury.

8.  The holy grail of “mental toughness.”  What the heck does it really include?

9.  How important is a competition or other physical pursuit, any way? Read here for some thoughts on finding perspective.

10.  The importance of evaluating the effect of your pursuit on your life.  After all, it might be time for a break!

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  1. […] for the CrossFit Open, or just for life in general, you should check out psychologywod.com’s Crash Course in Competition Prep.  It links to ten of her articles over the past year with content relating to competition, […]

  2. […] Amy Peterman shared this blog post with me and I thought it was a great synopsis of evaluating the emotional aspect for a CrossFit Competition, specifically the Open. So many of us get caught up in many of these areas that are talked about in the article. You can read the article HERE.  […]

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