Mental Blocks and hard work.
No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced competitor, there will come a point in which you plateau. It will not be because of programming. It will not be because you are receiving poor coaching. It is because you have hit a mental block. You will start to clark attempts, talk your self out of training sessions, and will start to dread every time you walk through the doors of your respective facility. Although completely and utterly frustrating, this is normal for everyone. No matter what your goals are, this will also be the time that you decide whether or not you are meant to achieve them. For most, this will be the time that one decides to quit.
“It is simply too hard.” “I just don’t have the time.” “If it was going to happen, it would’ve by now.”
If you have ever told yourself one of these, DO NOT LISTEN. In Pai-Lum Kung Fu, we practice meditation. At some point some sort of negative energy tries to enter in the form of thought. If you fight it, it will only force you to focus on it more. You need to simply welcome these ideas, then let them pass right back out. Negative thoughts are healthy. That means you are being challenged. It is simply up to you whether or not you are listening to those thoughts.
I had a large series of mental blocks while I was training for the Arnold. I was recovering from several non-related injuries and I was not progressing what so ever. I was missing easy weights almost every day. At the time, I thought that I was going nowhere, and I considered dropping from the meet. I did not listen, and I ended up having one of the best meets of my career.
You need to tell yourself, that if it was easy, everyone would do it. Strive in the challenge, for that is what makes you a better athlete and a better person. Challenge forces you to embark on a journey of the uncomfortable. This is what creates character and the grit you need to take on anything in life. Believe in yourself and go forth and do amazing things.