All the Champions I have ever known believed they were champion material, that they had what it takes and that they were going to win. They had faith in themselves. They most likely did not have that self-belief when they started their journey, it was something they developed along the way over time.
I can still remember about 24 years ago at a National Powerlifting Competition when a young lifter, who I had never met before, came up to me and said “I am going to break your National deadlift record”. And you know what…. he did. Not at that competition, because I broke my own record that day, but eventually he did and he went on to win the gold medal for the deadlift at the IPF World Junior Championships and years later broke the IPF deadlift World Record.
So if you want to unleash your Inner Champion, and you don’t have champion belief yet, then you can employ the following strategies to develop and grow your self-belief and self-confidence until you feel like the Champion you are!
1) Use Champion Mantras. Think of a simple saying that you can repeat over and over in your head that will make you feel like a Champion.
When I travel to the gym, I say in my head over and over again “Strong and Powerful, Strong and Powerful”. It can take me 10 to 15 minutes to get to the gym and you can bet by the time I have repeated that saying over and over again for 10 to 15 minutes, I am feeling Strong and Powerful by the time I get to the gym.
Pick something that works for you and try it NOW and do it every day for 10 to 15 minutes a day for 90 days and let me know how you feel.
2) Set targets for every set in every training session and hit them at least 90% of the time. Nothing builds confidence like success, so you want to start with achievable targets / goals and make sure you hit them, then gradually work your way up to bigger goals / targets.
If you look at any of my training programs, you will see a constant progression of the weights I am lifting getting heavier and the reps per set getting smaller (link to last competition program https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nsvo72a_Ht-HQzyfGAWBiw2mBaPkft1qPrxBEya8HMc/edit?usp=sharing).
I do this intentionally to build my own confidence and Champion Belief. Even on each training day I gradually increase the weight for each set. I typically start with the same weight I lifted in my last set the week before, so I am confident I will lift the weight. Then I increase the weight slightly each set.
Try this yourself and let me know how you feel.
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