“If you don’t stretch your limits, you’ll set your limits.” Rob Gilbert
As an athlete and person you are always limited most by what you believe you can and cannot do. Your beliefs fuel your efforts, desires and motivation. When you think that you CAN’T do something, when you set artificial limits on yourself, then your behaviors will organize around this limiting belief. You will be less likely to try new things and take risks. Your efforts will be less intense and effective. After repeated failures and frustrations, your staying power and persistence will be weak. In short, you will set yourself up to prove yourself right. You won’t be able to do it! When you believe that you CAN accomplish something, when you allow yourself to expand the realm of possibility, when you entertain new horizons for yourself even though they might stretch you and be scary, then your behaviors will organize around this expansive belief. You will be far more willing to try new things and take risks. Your efforts to pursue that new goal will be strong and powerful. When you’re repeatedly knocked backwards on your butt by failure and disappointment, you will be undeterred and get up more quickly and keep on keeping on. In the end, because you believed that you could do it, you did! Your positive belief set you up to prove yourself right.
Far too many athletes lock their potential up in artificial “can’ts.” “I can’t do that!” “That’s impossible for me.” “I’ll never be able to achieve that.” “I’m just not that good.” Etc. When you limit yourself in this way, you end up putting imaginary boundaries on what’s possible for yourself. While these boundaries may be just imaginary and “all in your head,” they are still just as powerful in holding you back as if they were real physical boundaries. Don’t allow yourself to play these kinds of tricks on yourself. You have no idea what’s possible. You have no clue what you can actually accomplish once you put your mind to it. Suspend your disbelief. Stretch your limits. Step outside of your comfort zone and dream big!
Thank you to Dr. Alan Goldberg’s
I think in rowing this is a big problem because of the Concept2 rowing machine score. We have a number that is conditioning rowers to believe they can be good and move boats fast. Many coaches want to only coach the ones that get a good score early on the process giving up hope and support on the ones that don’t get there that fast. It is bad to see so many young rowers giving up on themselves because their coaches don’t give them any attention and support. Rowers of any level and ability need coaching and support from their coaches.
Good coaching and hard work can do amazing things on rowers. The coach and his system has a lot more effect on the rower than rowers and coaches want to believe. A talented coach can make normal rowers really fast overtime with hard work. Rowers need to understand that to row well, become efficient and fit doesn’t take much talent. It takes hard work and good coaching. Many rowers talented never get to row well and never get anywhere. A talented rower with bad coaching will be slower than a normal rower with good coaching. Coaching and hard work are so powerful overtime on rowing performance. If you are not getting faster or look at your rowing and don’t like it and you have been working hard for a long time, then you have a problem. You need to start making the changes you are not listening to or find a new coach because the one you have is not helping you enough. If you are not rowing overtime faster it means that something is wrong. Just look at yourself and decide what is not working for you and make some changes to become a better rower.