Know your ob­sta­cles

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Make vi­su­al­iza­tion work for you: in­stead of just fan­ta­siz­ing about the mo­ment you pass your big­gest com­peti­tor on the last lap of the race, think about the big­gest ob­sta­cle you’ll face dur­ing that race, like get­ting through a hec­tic start and stay­ing with the lead­ers. By fig­ur­ing out the big­gest ob­sta­cle, you can vi­su­al­ize your way into bet­ter habits and well-kept res­o­lu­tions. For ex­am­ple, if you’re plan­ning to give up al­co­hol, rather than vi­su­al­iz­ing your svelte and strong new leg mus­cles crush­ing a hill by spring­time, think about the ob­sta­cle of go­ing out with friends to the bar ev­ery Thurs­day af­ter your ride. Now, de­cide ahead of time to or­der gin­ger ale with a splash of cran­berry or sug­gest go­ing for din­ner in­stead of a trip to the bar. Set­ting up this se­ries of “if this, then that” re­ac­tions can help avoid de­ci­sion fa­tigue.

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