Mindset Talk: Beginners Vs Advanced

07.16.2020 | Forge Performance

What separates the beginners who can’t seem to get moving and the people who seem to have no problem making progress?

It comes down to a handful of things, and none of them are tangible aspects like calorie counting, set and rep ranges, or anything in between.

Want to know the 3 biggest things separating people that tread water in beginner status and those who make it to the elite?

  1. Focus
  2. Deliberate Practice
  3. Self Compassion


Those who excel, in fitness or in life, have an insane level of focus on what it is that they want to accomplish and how to do it.

They don’t allow themselves to get distracted by the moment, let their emotions carry them away, or shift their attention from topic to topic.

There’s a stoicness about them, and regardless of what someone else is doing or what is going on around them, they have a plan. And they execute on that plan.

Deliberate Practice

With that plan, they use that focus to practice things deliberately every day.

What do they spend the most time practicing? The fundamentals.

They have a sincere appreciation for the fundamentals, not because they’re basic, but like a good foundation, it needs to be constantly touched up and enhanced to support everything else it rests on.

Self Compassion

With that level of focus and deliberate practice, you would assume the elite never make mistakes, and you would be wrong.

The difference isn’t in what mistakes they make, it’s how they make them.

An elite level individual might make fewer mistakes, but it is the attitude they instill upon making a mistake that enables them to brush themselves off and keep going forward.

They have an innate level of self compassion, understanding what is in their circle of control and what isn’t, and not letting one mistake brew up the negativity that compounds into multiple mistakes.

When you treat yourself like crap, you’re not very motivated to do anything. When you cut yourself some slack, you bounce back quicker, make the adjustments, and keep moving forward.

It’s the big picture that needs focus and attention, not the little things. You focus too much on the little things and you lose the abstract view of what you’re working towards.

Have a plan. Write it down. Break that plan into daily, bite sized chunks. Practice those daily chunks deliberately, not passively. Screw up, get up, and keep going. The plan is big. The plan is long. And if you’re following the first two instructions, one minor screw up won’t bring your plan crashing down.