Girl on the Go: how to play mind games
You walked into the office like you were walking onto a yacht. Your hair strategically side-parted and over one eye, your scarf it was apricot (jokes, ew). You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte… And all the boys dreamed that they’d be your partner. They’d be your partner, and…
How good is that Friday feeling!? That I’m-walking-on-sunshine-aint-nothing-gonna-break-my-stride feeling. It’s casual dress in the office, everyone’s relaxed and we’re all that excited about the next two days we’re gallivanting around like…
And then all of a sudden it’s Monday, the tension in the room resembles a cocktail party on The Bachelor and everyone’s so on edge they’re munching on rose petals. So how do you stop and just smell the roses, and approach the week with the same positivity and nonchalantness?
Ok so if I actually had the answer I’d be rich, but I’ve been thinking… What if you could approach the week like you would mentally prepare for your training schedule. Elite athletes don’t just wake up in peak condition, they train their bodies and their minds so that they work together towards a goal. While they may be ridiculously talented physically (as are we all) if their minds aren’t as strong as their bodies doubt creeps in, they experience performance slumps and training stress.
Sport psychology is a science that draws on knowledge from a bunch of related fields and involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and in turn, how partaking in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors.
So if our goal were to strive for more days of positivity, days where we feel like we’re making a difference and feel genuinely happy (even when it’s only Tuesday), wouldn’t the same principles apply? Obvs, work life is a bit different to sport, but the approach is something worth looking into. How your psychological factors affect your everyday performance and how that affects your everyday life.
If we designate days to go harder, days of using brain strength (think ideation, problem solving and knocking over those big jobs), days of mind cardio (getting the smaller things done) and even rest days, you’re guaranteed a sense of achievement each week. Team this with quality food, physical activity and plenty of sleep, no longer will spilling coffee in your lap on a Monday morning result in…
Or is that just me?
I’ve put together a simple four-week training plan to get you started. You’re welcome.
Until next week.
Girl on the Go