The Inner Voice of an Elite Athlete

I’d say that more than 50% of an athletes performance is based upon the voices in their head. No, I don’t mean they are crazy, I mean as an athlete you are what you tell yourself. The 6 inches between your left ear and right ear will drastically affect your performance success and results. That’s why we coach our athletes to be aware of what they tell themselves. Every Elite Athlete I’ve ever worked with and coached has had an inner voice of pride.

PIT athlete and World Champ Matty Parks Takes Great Pride in His Preparation!

It is the voice only athletes can hear, pushing them to the brink of exhaustion, demanding excellence and condemning failure. Failure understand, is the driving force behind an athlete.

Every athlete has experienced failure, and now trains so they will never experience it again. This inner voice knows the difference between training and exercising.

Many athletes exercise stopping when they have reached their perceived limit, or when it becomes uncomfortable to continue.

But only a select few athletes have the heart and desire to train unconditionally.

Only a select few push past their physical and mental limits.

Only a select few push past the pain and discomfort.

Only a select few have the courage and character to understand training makes them quicker, faster, stronger but most importantly allows them to gain a mental edge over their future opponents.

So when failure laughs in my face as I desperately try to earn the respect of that last repetition, it must realise one thing.

Each time I train, I not only hear, but I answer The Inner Voice.

All the best for the week,

Joey