So let's talk about PREP MODE.
I love the feeling of accomplishment. When prepping for a show, I would feel very accomplished with every day that went by where I trained twice (or overcame something physically or mentally). I love being disciplined with my eating, and I physically love the training.
I love to work hard, so I feel very good when I lay my head down at night and say “today I did my best.”
I now translate that into my business life, I still work daily as hard as I can each day. I like not having to think about what to eat, but just go into robot mode. It’s easier for me to eat the same thing everyday as opposed to figuring out what new and exciting macro will I eat today (lol). I like a good schedule, so competing kept me on a very regimented schedule. I would wake up and know exactly what I would do and at what time, whereas now I have so many different things that can happen in a day. It is definitely a mindset to be open to whatever comes at you.
With competing I mostly liked to see the body change (sometimes even daily leading up to a show). I am still fascinated at how amazing the body is and what it can do. I’m a person that loves to see results - so with competing, I could actually see daily results of what my hard work was accomplishing. To me, that was extremely motivating. Even though I am a true competitor (meaning I just have a competitive spirit), I have always trained to win.
To be honest, my mindset was never “I just want to place.” My mindset was “I’m going to win this show.”
That kept me training to win, and I believe that helped with my success - along with God’s favor and grace.
For me, it was never to compete against others, but to bring the best version of ME. I could only have control over the work I could do. Once you’re done doing your thing onstage, it’s out of your hands anyway. I would always see the other competitors as women I admired - because I know just how hard they had to work to get there too. This way, I was never jealous. Jealousy is such a wasted emotion. There’s enough success to go around so let’s just encourage people. <3