I have been an athlete and a coach for a VERY long time. YEARS of my coaches coaching me through tough matches, tough weight cutting, technique issues, and mental battles. Even when I do any run up stairs or a hill, I can still hear my dads voice, who was my high school coach, loudly encouraging me to keep going and to keep pushing. In fact, when I coach, it's like I'm channeling his voice through me. When I coach others, I will use my experience and knowledge to give them the best advise, cues, words of encouragement, or plan since its all about helping them succeed. But happens if you don't have your coach right there?? Who is supposed to help me then? It's me....the coach ME! We talk about the fact that we all have voices in our heads. No this doesn't mean you are a little loopy. It is just that little angel and little devil sitting on your shoulders standing in for the coach. Usually, the louder of the two is the devil. That's the voice that is telling you that you are tired, that it's unfair, that it's too hard, that it's not fun, that you can't make it, that it's not worth it, and every other negative, stop you in your tracks type of comment. But we ALL have helped someone through some rough times or tough moments. Do you remember how you helped those people? Do you remember what you said? So why not tell yourself these EXACT same things? You wouldn't give them bad advice, so why not use these great tips you have for yourself? I do this all the time for myself. If I'm in the middle of something tough like a workout, or project or stressful time or whatever, and I'm struggling, I will literally step outside myself and coach myself through it. It's sound strange to talk to yourself like this but we do it ALL the time in a negative voice. Why not do it in a positive coaching voice. You just need to be able to listen to it. The next time you are struggling, stop for a second and think about if you were to help your very best friend or a loved one through the EXACT situation. Think about what you would tell them. Then tell yourself those EXACT things. A coach wants the very best for their athletes. You need to want the very best for yourself so coach yourself through it and know you ALWAYS have someone right there with you!:)

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