my own grind
Becoming a Mental Performance Coach has taken a lot of effort. It's been a long process involving many steps, including getting a bachelor's in psychology, a master's in performance psychology, putting together a business model, and pursuing clients. Throughout this process certain important aspects of my life were given less attention than they deserved. Particularly healthy living and fitness.
As a mental performance coach, I recognize that each of my athletes has unique needs and the process to expertise will be different for everyone. However, there is one universal tool I promote regardless of the person: healthy living and fitness. So, the big question is how can I promote something that I've let slip in my own life?
Well... the answer is I can't. I've spent so much of my time learning, researching, and working (and gaming) that I've failed to maintain this important part of my own life. There's no excuse for it - I had the time, I had the resources, but I simply didn't commit to it like I should have. I'm still in a constant state of grind while trying to build my business and develop myself as a mental performance coach for esports, but I'm recommitting myself to the importance of healthy living. I'm doing this because 1) I believe being healthy and fit makes me better able to consume and process knowledge, effectively making me a better mental performance coach, and 2) I need to practice what I preach. How can I expect someone to listen to advice I don't listen to myself?
Another important aspect I teach almost everyone is the value of planning and goal setting. So, here are my plans and goals to help keep me accountable:
1) 7:00am (everyday): 5km run, introducing 10km runs after one month.
2) 7.45 (M/T/W/Th/F): 30-40 minutes in gym; rotating workout schedule (tbd)
3) 30 day challenge: Intermittent fasting (12:00-8:00pm is food window), no junk food, and extremely minimal alcohol (I'm a big beer/whisky lover)
4) Weight loss: Progress will be recorded using tape measuring rather than weight scales since I'm more interested in becoming fit rather than light.
5) Nutrition shift: Following the 30 day challenge, I'll be adopting a more healthy, balanced lifestyle focusing on nutrition and giving my body what it needs. I will develop a nutrition plan closer to the end of the 30 days once I have a better idea what my body will need to thrive.
6) Marathon: End game goal with all this is to run a full marathon by the end of the summer. I've done a half-marathon and I completed it with an amazing time, but now I'm aiming for something bigger and more rewarding.
With these plans and goals set, I know I'll achieve what I'm aiming for. Your game and your ability can only be enhanced by committing to a healthy life.