When I was on the Go Wellness Podcast with Regan Archibald, he asked me what rituals do I do to prime my thinking for healing.
What prompted this question is that I'm on a 12-month healing journey to rebuild knees using regenerative medicine.
Since I was age 15, I've had issues with my knees that all started from tearing my right ACL and cartilage while playing basketball.
After decades of pain, limitation, and compensated my body to do adventures, I realized that if I wanted to be an athlete for the rest of my life, I needed to change and change a lot.
The key to my recovery is all about what rituals I do to keep going and build a new reality.
Watch this video from my interview where I share what two things you need to do if you're on a journey to heal and improve.
My healing journey involves several commitments that easily require 5-6 hours a day.
Between my nutrition, mindset, exercise, and therapies, I'm putting every ounce of my commitment into repairing my knees and make them better than they've ever been.
The key to the success I've experienced so far goes beyond what habits I'm doing.
It's about the mindset I'm creating behind those habits, which is more important than ever, when I have bad days, feel discouraged, or question my progress.
It's easy to go through the motions. You get work done. You cross things off of your list. You feel productive.
But were you connected to what you are doing?
Because if not, it can just feel like a laundry list of things to get through.
On the days when I feel overwhelmed by my rehab, I realized it's because I'm not focusing on the intention behind what I do.
When I set my intention, I am connected.
I tell my brain exactly why I'm doing this. Why this ritual, this habit is so important, and the results it'll create.
Setting intentions gives you the power to keep going, because you connect to the commitment you've made to move past your pain. Setting intentions gives you the power to keep going, because you connect to the commitment you've made to move past your pain. Click To Tweet
So when I'm doing exercises to wake up muscles that have been weak, I set the intention to picture those muscles activating.
I picture them growing. I picture my body being able to do more.Picturing
Focusing on the muscle and not the pain.
When I sit down for a meal after measuring my macros to make sure I'm getting the nutrition I need, I set the intention that my body knows exactly what to do with this food and I'm giving my body the fuel it needs to heal.
When I do my visualization, I set the intention that the pictures I'm creating in my mind are my reality.
In working with athletes, it's necessary to watch for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.
If an athlete feels like they're plateauing, they try to compensate by overtraining, thinking that will help their performance, but it ultimately just leads to burnout.
The missing link for most of my clients is that they can't keep going, even if they want to, because they haven't set the intentions behind why they're doing what they're doing.
They've gotten to stay connected to the bigger picture.
So they end up just going through the motions, so much that they have no energy left. They feel flat, apathetic, falling out of love with their sport.
This gets worse if an athlete is dealing with pain and hardship, like trying to recover from injury.
Without intentions, it gets easy to focus on the pain, not the change, not the purpose behind the quest for change.
With intentions in place, you turn on the ability to focus on the very thing and why you're doing it, not on where your limitation is.
Now you can focus on how to build strength around that limitation.
Intentions require consistent practice to prime your mind for results. You need accountability and a coach to guide you on what to do if you feel like you've hit a wall. Check out World Class Nation for on-demand mental conditioning designed to breakthrough mental barriers and rewire your beliefs to win. Click here to start your free trial now.
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Dr. Jen Faber, DC is a performance and mental conditioning coach, working with elite athletes, olympic competitors, sports professionals, high-profile individuals and more. She helps clients train their mind as hard as their body to create world class results.
Dr. Jen is the author of Know or Be Told: How Identity Defines Success and founder of World Class Nation, an online mental conditioning membership designed to help high-performing athletes gain a competitive edge. She has been featured on CBS, CW, TalentCulture, iHeartRadio, and more. Throughout her career Dr. Jen has worked with NFL players, Triathletes, The Lady Gaga Tour, Broadway Performers, The Washington Ballet, The Kennedy Center, National Geographic.
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