Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Flip the mental switch: I'm an athlete!

Monica and I have loved watching this season of the Biggest Loser on NBC. While I get slightly annoyed that the show seems to focus only on weight loss, and less on body fat, the inspiration one can gain from the show is enormous. One thing caught my ear yesterday while watching the finale.

The winner of the show, Helen, said something to the effect of "I'm an athlete now."

Its that simple folks. Helen changed her mental attitude. She now sees herself as an athlete, able to take on any task with some determination.

I don't think I've yet made that switch in mental attitude myself. Sure, I've gotten in great shape. I'm more fit than I have been in a long time. Yet I haven't yet started to think of myself as an athlete.

Making this mental switch is critical. When your mental filter starts to look at the world through the perspective that "I am an athlete," your decision making changes. You start to focus on these factors throughout the day.

When deciding what to eat, you think, "what would an athlete eat?" When you are digging for that extra motivation in your workout, simply letting that inner voice in your head scream "I'M AN ATHLETE!" will make it easier to dig down and find that extra 10% of effort.

Every decision comes from a different motivation when you stop thinking of yourself as someone trying to lose a few pounds, and start focusing on the fact that you are an athlete, and your body is your tool to accomplish your goals.

So, to the world, I'm declaring "I'm an athlete."

Can't wait to see what happens!

Bring it folks.



  1. Great post John! Not to sound smug or anything, but I've always considered myself an athlete-and I can tell you-it makes a HUGE difference in the way you live, the way you eat, and the way you workout. It's a great reminder of what we do, things we sacrifice, and the way we live (as athletes). Especially to others. Again-great post.

  2. Excellent advise. I was just telling a friend yesterday that even though I KNOW better...I still continue to see myself as the chubby girl. I have certainly NEVER been considered an athlete and even now I'll hear myself saying, "I'm no athlete, but I have been working out." What's up with that?
    Anyway, you're right. I may not play a "SPORT" per say...which is what I think qualifies you as an athlete in my myind...but I am certainly as fit as one!