Self-Sabotage and How to Stop It!

  • Cherry picking workouts

  • Sandbagging workouts

  • Short-changing reps

  • Inconsistent gym attendance and/or nutrition habits

  • Procrastinating

  • Complaining

  • Changing up programs constantly

  • Avoiding intensity

The list of ways we negatively impact our experience at the gym, and therefore our results, is nearly endless. We want to do better. We promise ourselves that we will.

And yet we find ourselves doing the same things over and over again.

Why can’t we do the things we say we want to do?

Maybe it’s the way we allow ourselves to think. Do we complain about things outside of our control? Do we think “I can’t do this” or “he’s stronger than me” and then give up before we even try?

Maybe it’s our emotional state. Do we get angry at ourselves when we make a mistake and then lose focus? Do we notice what other people are doing and feel embarrassed or jealous?

Maybe it’s how our body feels. Do we feel heavy or tired when we see a movement that we haven’t mastered and then give up? Does our heart race and our breathing become shallow before we’ve even begin the WOD?

Or maybe, it’s something deeper.

At the Mindset Rx’d Seminar, we examine our self-sabotaging behavior and the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that influence that behavior in order to get to the surface below: the subconscious beliefs that lead to self-sabotage.

We cannot change a behavior if we haven’t changed the story we’re telling ourselves about whether we’re good enough to be here, about whether we’re average or extraordinary, about whether we are capable of change.

Today, write down the self-sabotaging behavior you most want to change. On Saturday, I’ll post an exercise for determining where that self-sabotaging behavior stems from—the first step to stopping it.

Rachel Binette