Time to start Prep?
Often times I see competitors say that they want to hop back on prep but then they do and it is not as fulfilling as they expected.
Usually this is because the decision was not made from the right place or with the right intention.
I encourage athletes to consider these possible underlying reasons for wanting to start a prep.
A lot of times we believe that being on prep will give us the control we are looking for or some sense of direction.
But it is not control that they are looking for… usually it is congruency.
We want to feel like our actions represent our beliefs, values, & identity.
Post-show can bring about a feeling of disconnect or incongruence leading us to discomfort & desperate for clarity or a solution.
Our brain tells us “well last time you felt good or positive about yourself or what you were doing was when you were on prep & super focused”.
This can also apply to feeling like you are emotionally stable or not having to face difficult emotions because your soul focus is on prep & it is taking up headspace that would be preoccupied with current life difficulties that you may not want to face otherwise.
Your mind might associate happiness with your body or connection with a community with being on prep.
But if we take it a step further & dissect what was really happening on prep we can see that we were taking actions that were aligned with a goal or a vision & sometimes we think we need to be on prep to feel that way again.
But the best thing we can do as competitors is understand how this lifestyle supports us in every season not just prep.
We need to establish a deeper reason to continue the lifestyle regardless of if we have a show in mind.
You could even take it a step further & ask yourself, “if I was not going to compete ever again would I still live this way?”.
This can open up alternative perspectives and support you in seeing deeper meaning behind prepping or living this lifestyle that otherwise have not been recognized.
Take time to sit with yourself & consider what is really happening below the surface that could be contributing to the urge to prep again.
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