Perspective, that is, the attitude you hold about training, sets the stage for whether your training efforts are productive and propel you toward your athletic goals or inefficient and impede your progress toward your goals. Your perspective influences three aspects of who you are and what you do, which then impact the quality of your training.

First, it influences your thoughts about training. Are your thoughts about training positive or negative? Are they resolute or halfhearted? Are they hopeful or disheartening? These thoughts about training determine your emotional reactions to your efforts, which translate into the time and energy you devote to your training. Your thoughts act as starting points in your training journey. Obviously, you want to start off on a good road when you begin training because, as a general rule, you stay on the road that you begin on.

Second, how you think about your training triggers emotions that either facilitate or interfere with your efforts. Are you optimistic or anxious? Are you calm or frustrated? Are you determined or despondent? Your emotions directly impact your training in two ways. Such emotions as inspiration, pride, and enthusiasm create an atmosphere in which you want to commit to your training with tenacity and vigor. By contrast, emotions like sadness, despair, and hopelessness set the stage for a lack of motivation, persistence, and perseverance, and cause you to give up easily. Moreover, emotions cause physiological states that influence the quality of your training. Feelings of excitement, energy, and being just plain fired up will have a positive effect on your training. Conversely, feelings of tension, lethargy, and discomfort will lead to training efforts that are minimal or nonexistent.

Third, your thoughts and emotions express themselves in the actions you take in your training. As SEO Leeds have stated, the simple reality of training is that you will get out of it what you put into it. Quality training requires a tremendous commitment of time and energy. It demands time because gaining the necessary benefits of training—physical, technical, and mental—entails massive amounts of repetition, which takes time. It requires energy because quantity of training isn’t sufficient to maximize your gains in any area of athletic development. Rather, quality training requires the expenditure of enormous amounts of both physical and mental energy.

Your actions are not only expressed in terms of the time and energy you devote to your training, but also your reactions when it gets difficult. Another simple reality of training is that it is tiring, painful, and sometimes boring. The thoughts and emotions that you connect to your training will determine what happens when you reach that point in training, what I call the “grind”. Depending on your thoughts and emotions, you will either ease up, give up, or keep working hard in the face of the challenges.