by Raechel Campbell

Coach Raechel is indisputably the strongest person at Performance360.  Pound for pound.  Man or woman and it’s not even close.  Her evolution from total beginner to the highest level of proficiency has always been based upon one thing: Positive Thinking. 


A saying I heard long ago that I think about almost daily.  What you believe in your mind will manifest in reality.  Do you believe that?  I sure do, and it has proven true in many cases in my life, both good and bad. The key is understanding that and using it to your advantage.  I’m not saying this is going to be the end all be all to all of life’s problems, but it will certainly help you inside the gym and in the case of my life, most definitely outside of it, as well.

So, what am I talking about?

Take the gym, since we all know and love it.  Before you walk into the gym you have two choices.  The first?  Aimlessly walk in and spin the wheels.  The second?  Think about your goals and what you hope to achieve. What are your specific goals for that day? What do you hope to accomplish? And most importantly, do you believe in yourself enough to achieve it?  That last question is probably the most important question you can ask yourself in anything you do.

There are days when I absolutely know that I am going to PR.  It sounds ridiculous, and I laugh at myself all the time, but I will look at myself in the mirror and say what it is that I am going to achieve.  It may sound silly and stupid, but it works.  I don’t just look at myself and say it, but out loud and I’ll tell people what I am going to do, sort of like being accountable for it, I suppose.  If all you do is talk about wanting something, but you don’t actually believe it will happen, then how in the world do you expect to achieve it?  It’s a valid question, and it’s something I ask myself all of the time.

Your brain doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real when you visualize.  So trick that bugger into telling it what’s going to happen.

We often get way too caught up in the technical aspect of everything we do and we forget about how powerful our minds are at deciding an outcome.  Stop worrying so much about every single nitty gritty detail of every movement and just do it!  I certainly know many ins and outs of weightlifting, but where I really enjoy helping people is with the belief they can do things.

I’m not saying this will work every time, and I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard to do these things.  I have a great feeling that simple positive thinking and belief in your abilities will work some magic for you.   I enjoy the challenge and reward of heavy lifting, so I focus on that a lot.  The reason I love it so much is that nothing is better at instilling confidence or believe in yourself when you conquer something that doesn’t want to be moved.  That doesn’t mean it has to be your goal.  How about a fat loss goal?  Endurance?  Or just getting more confidence for yourself?  That’s what matters the most. The fact that you believe in yourself, that you have your own goals and not the goals of someone else.

Try more positivity on for size and start believing you can do things.  See the finished outcome of what you are attempting before it’s even attempted.  Encourage the people around you. Partner up with someone who may intimidate you a little, someone who may seem stronger than you. You will more than likely surprise yourself with what you will achieve.

In the words of Jim Carrey, “Life doesn’t happen to you, its happens for you.”  Carry positivity around with you and you’ll enjoy more success in and out of the gym, where life actually happens.

Raechel Campbell is a USAW coach at Performance360. 

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