In the past week one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned during every single instruction is to stay with your breath and let go of the ego. Now, this isn’t easy. As human beings most of us allow the ego to control our thoughts during a particular movement or situation in life. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Again it all depends on the situation. Let’s be clear. Confidence and trust in yourself is one thing but ego is another. Yes, I also understand that we’ve had some great people in history that had huge egos.
Sometimes the ego goes by the trail of emotion: Anger at a loved one, a need to be right, a feeling of insecurity in certain situations, feelings of jealousy that are unexplained, the need to impress someone, and so on. Lets narrow it down to something we all know. When athletes feel confident, they are more readily able to translate a class, training session or competition into superior performance. Conversely, when they feel unsure of themselves, the slightest setback or smallest hurdle can have a negative effect on their performance.
So keep this in mind during class, training, competitions the ego will kick in, and for some it kicks in hard. When that happens it is up to us to control it or get rid of it. Step back, quickly decide whether the emotions you feel are unproductive, toxic or is it actually going to hurt or help you.
“Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done.”
-courtesy of CrossFit Milford