Let’s talk about "mindset," which I consider to be an essential contributor to athletic success and a mental area. This topic is also where professional and Olympic athletes offer wonderful examples in which they use different mindsets to perform at their highest level consistently. As a kid, I would watch my older brothers play basketball all the time to the point it stuck my interest. Before I picked up a basketball, I thought I wouldn’t be able to play like them but I changed my mindset and gave it a try anyway. Practicing and working with my brothers helped me gain a competitive edge and confidence.
If you are a dedicated weightlifter, you have probably had to struggle with fitness plateaus at some point. What most lifters do when they reach a sticking point with their progress is they switch up the rep range or lifting technique in order to activate the muscles differently, but they usually won’t step outside the gym to explore other activities.