If you participate in CrossFit or any other type of event, people are going to ask about your performance. It’s likely that fans, friends, family members, judges or the media will approach you at some point and try to converse with you. People might ask you questions that you may not feel like answering. Are you going to let your confidence get shaken? Are you going to get annoyed, distracted or pissed off?
“How did you do on that workout?”
“How’s the competition going for you?”
“Where’d you end up finishing?”
Some of these questions will be from people who care about you and really want to connect with you. Others are simply interested in your results for their own motivations. Either way, you’re going to get asked about the competition or workout, so learn how to answer them properly. Have a game plan and practice responding to questions in a way that keeps you confident, focused and calm. Know what you want to say and what type of body language you want to have when others are talking to you, asking you questions or saying unexpected comments to you about your performance.
4 Tips for How to Answer Questions About Your Performance
1. Describe how you did, not what place you ended up in or what the score was. Instead of saying, “Oh, well I got 22nd place” or “We lost,” tell the person what you did well and what you might want to improve on.
2. If you really don’t feel like engaging, simply smile and say, “Thanks for asking. Mind if we catch up about it later?”
3. If you absolutely crushed it, you can say that but then also give credit and thanks to your coaches, team or opponents for helping you get the most out of your abilities.
4. If you feel like you performed terribly, you may say something like, “Well, there are definitely things I want to work on and get better at and at least I learned a lot out there.” Or, you may want to say something like, “Dang, my opponents were great, I got my ass kicked but it was good for me to go against such quality competition. It makes me want to be better.”
See? How you answer these questions matters. If you talk with everyone about the outcome, you make it more likely that you’re going to dwell on the outcome. If you just talk about wins and losses, well then, you create a habit of thinking that’s what defines you. I mean, what if you hit your performance goals and gave your best…but still lost? What really matters there?
If you always base your attitude off of where you place on the leaderboard/scoreboard, then you’re going to be on an emotional roller coaster each time you compete. Make sure you know how you can stay calm and focused on what matters most regardless of what others ask you. You cannot control what they say but you can control how you respond or if you respond. Improve your language and you’ll improve your mental game. Improve your mental game and you’ll improve your ability to perform.