To be an elite athlete, you need to be able to adapt and overcome all sorts of obstacles in order to be successful, which is an essential quality. However, this ability to adapt can also be a downfall because over a short period of time, this way of performing can become your “new normal”, and it can be nowhere near your full potential.
Let’s say you feel heavy and sluggish before you compete. You get used to this, it becomes your new normal and it becomes that you are just a “slow starter”. So you just go with it, do the best you can and try to work around it, but what if you didn’t have to feel that way? How much better would your overall performance be if you had a great start that was just as strong as you finished?
Or what if you have trouble dropping body fat or putting on muscle mass? Over time you begin to think these are just your “issues”. What if there were underlying reasons preventing you from excelling in these areas?
Or what if you felt like you performed well often, but it was unpredictable and the other times you were just “going through the motions”? Maybe your sleep is off, maybe is has to do with what you are eating, or maybe you aren’t recovering properly from previous training or maybe your body isn’t producing enough energy to allow you to perform at your best or etc…