The everyday training routines that we adopt can sometimes feel like they drag on and on. The early mornings, late nights, strict diets, routine weight lighting, and training are all required to be the best but they can feel mundane unless we become intentional about making them meaningful moments. Each and everyday that we wake up we have choices to make. Few things are as important as the attitude we adopt. Viktor Frankl who had everything stripped of him while he was imprisoned in a concentration camp during WWII said, “the last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
Whether it’s your daily workout routine, challenging relationships, or other elements of life, it’s easy to let the daily grind become get to you unless you have a strategy to overcome and adapt. Thankfully, there are small things that we can do everyday that will bring significance to the mundane tasks.
Look at the big picture. Remain focused on the ultimate goal to keep perspective on why you’re competing. This will help you overcome the minor inconveniences and setbacks that sometimes feel like major failures. Place post-it notes with your short-term and long-term goals on your bathroom minor as a daily reminder of why you’re working so hard. Remember, the journey to the top is full of ups and downs, it’s a daily process. Use the process to improve daily while you pursue perfection.
Practice gratitude. Get into the habitat of recounting three things that you’re grateful for on a daily basis. These things could be as simple as having a meal to eat or a car to drive or a team to play on. As you become more consistent in practicing gratitude, your life will start to change as the mundane tasks of today become meaningful transformations tomorrow.
With these quick tips we hope that you’ll learn to make the mundane meaningful. It’s going to make all the difference in your career and life beyond athletics.