Small Victories for Mental Toughness



"Just find an excuse to WIN."

When I want to build my mental toughness a mere extra 1%, I don't view the big goal, I take it 1 small step at a time.

If I'm running, just get to the next telephone pole....

If I'm hitting a set of 20 rep squats, just get to 8, then 10, then 12.... When I get to 20.... I do 1 more, a few more times.

It all adds up and these small victories build upon themselves, building momentum and in turn, greater mental toughness.

During a recent training session with 1 of my athletes, I told him to squat a certain weight for 15 reps. At rep 9 with the bar on his back he dropped his head and took a step forward to rack the weight.

He started shaking his head saying "I'm done, I can't do it anymore...."

I grabbed the bar and pulled him back and told him to do 2 more!

We got to 11, and from there, I had him do 1 more again and again until we hit 15.

The number 15 daunted him, it seemed like it was miles away and at rep 9 he was focused on rep 15. I got him to change his focus to simply focus on the next rep and nothing else.

When it was all over, he realized that he was quitting at rep 9, yet he DID 15 reps. He was literally leaving 6 reps in the tank, that's about 35% that was left and he thought he did all he could.

THAT is the typical human, always quitting far short of what they can accomplish, be it in sports, business or any other area of life.

Here's how I use and teach small victories to develop greater mental toughness.

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No matter what you're doing, sports, life, business, family, etc. you will hit tough times, you will encounter obstacles. The way to achieving more success is by attacking and defeating small goals.

Let those small victories add up on your way to the top.

Live The Code 365,


Dominate In the Gym AND in Life HERE



7 Responses

  1. Hey Zach have your lifts went up with the beard?

    1. ha ha – if only it was that easy! Beards, Tattoos, etc seem to be the rage nowadays ūüôā

  2. Zach i really enjoy your weapons of warrior wisdom. I on day 56 of my quest to squat 100 days in a row. Some days are tough….but your right just keep rolling one day at a time. Much praise from me man, i tell all of my guys in my company about your traiming methods hoping that they will switch and train with me. If you are ever in FT Bragg NC area i would love to train.

    1. Nate you’re an animal!

      I head down to NC 2 x year for my Cert w/ Travis Mash, who is near Wake Forest!

      Keep in touch when you see me heading down!

  3. Finish Strong! I do this with my training and I am teaching this to my little man in everything he does. He is slowly learning, and I have seen it when he tries to build a lego structure. He keeps trying until he gets it. This too is a small lesson, but it will stick with him. My house was recently flooded and a guy from the Mitigation Company said to me ” I saw your weights and you’re probably a strong guy, but those hardwoods are really tough to pull up”. They wouldn’t tackle the demo and he urged me not to even try. HA! I have been pulling up hardwood floors by myself and it’s a damn good workout. I have trained the (give in, give up attitude out of me). The floors will be another small victory and make me tougher.
    peace Zach.

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