Suppose you’ve been training for obstacle course racing (OCR) for a while. In that case, you probably have a pretty good idea of your personal strengths and weaknesses. Or, you might still be in the process of figuring it out.
No matter where you are in your training, you want to ensure that your strengths remain a strength. But if you only ever train your strengths, you might be neglecting your weaknesses – which are also areas for potential growth.
Rather than avoiding your weaknesses altogether, tackling them can make you a better, more well-rounded athlete. Here are a few tips on how to tackle your weaknesses:
1. Acknowledge Them
When it comes to tackling your weaknesses, the first thing you need to do is acknowledge them. This is harder than it sounds. It’s so easy to ignore something you’re not that good at. And instead of tackling any gaps in performance, it just feels more comfortable to figure out ways around them. But that doesn’t lead to any performance gains or improvements. Identify your weaknesses, acknowledge them, and then make a plan to improve.
2. Ask for Help
Another way to tackle your weaknesses is to ask for help. Find an expert who has the knowledge to help you improve on your weaknesses. A good instructor, coach, and teacher will know how to work with you to overcome any of the challenges holding you back. They will also be able to help you in a way that prevents you from feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or discouraged.
3. Get Ready to Work
When you’re focused on making your strengths even stronger, change can sometimes come fairly easily and quickly. But for a weakness, change won’t come as quickly. Working on your weaknesses requires an added level of focus, effort, and discipline. Be ready to get to work.
4. Set Goals
To track your progress on tackling your weaknesses, set specific goals around the results you want to see. These goals will help you keep track of your progress and keep you motivated to stick with the process. Once you’ve set goals around a weakness, create a timeline that includes short-term checkpoints. Use these smaller objectives to keep track of how far you’ve come toward your bigger, overall goal of improving a weakness.
Are you interested in learning more about the OCR programs we’re currently offering at Desert Shield Fitness? Contact us for more information on our classes and how you can get started!