Marketplace April 11, 2022

Mindset Is The Missing Link In Your Training


Guest post by Dawn Fletcher, founder of Driven Mind

You’re driven to become your very best, and you won’t stop until you get there.

You’ll do what it takes to get to the next level.


You’ve likely tried a variety of nutrition programs, supplements, training methods, and recovery strategies to become a better athlete. But do you intentionally and consistently train your mind?

Why Mindset Matters in Fitness Training

You WILL become better by working on your mindset.

Training your mind is just as important as training your body. Your mind can propel you forward, or it can hold you back. Regardless of how fit you are, you’ll struggle to reach your full potential if you don’t have a strong mindset.

Top performers have the edge because they train their mental game just as much as, if not more than, their physical body.

1. Adaptability

Athletes who train their minds are adaptable and able to recover quickly from adversity. They excel even when things aren’t going their way. They’re able to respond effectively and move on smoothly.

These individuals can handle high pressure and expectations. They can stay focused and relaxed even in the most demanding situations.

2. Confidence

Athletes who train their minds are confident. They feel ready and prepared heading into big events. They know what to do and what to think about to get a confidence boost.

These individuals trust their plan, their preparation, and most of all… their abilities.

3. Focus

Those who consistently train their minds are laser-focused on what matters most. This enables them to reach their goals quickly and surpass their competitors.

Become a Top Performer by Improving Your Mindset

Top performers give their full attention and effort to the present moment and what they can influence. They know how to come back to their purpose, plan, and goals to stay motivated for the task at hand.

I’ve coached thousands of athletes over the last 16+ years and have seen the dramatic improvements that come from building a stronger mind. I help people integrate new strategies to bring about the desired outcome of better performance.

Develop Your Mindset Through Healthy Habits

The following practices are just some of the unique habits athletes can build:

  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Breath training
  • Reducing social media use
  • Training in harsh conditions
  • Building a.m. and p.m. routines
  • Taking ice baths
  • Participating in other types of sporting events
  • Seeking therapy
  • Taking continuing education courses

Top performers who I coach are willing to try anything that could potentially give them a 1% improvement.

Man training with kettlebells

Train Your Mind With a Structured Program

Because my client load is regularly full and I don’t do as much coaching anymore, I simplified my most effective methods and put them into a mindset training program. I made it simple, quick, and easy to use for ANY type of athlete or driven human who wants to gain an edge.

All you gotta do is open up the app, and you’ll be guided towards greater awareness, improved habits, better self-talk, and simple drills that will expedite your gains.

When you put time and effort into your mental game, you’ll know how to get the most out of your workouts, regardless of how you’re feeling. You’ll know how to move through discomfort, fatigue, fear, or nervousness and still perform to your highest level.

Don’t go another week working your butt off in the gym but not doing the extra work to train your mind.

Try The Mindset Training Program

Want access to a world-class mental training program for all types of athletes? Here’s a bit more about what it includes.

You’ll get a 10-day free trial to test it out. Once you get access to the training track, you’ll start proven mental training that takes just 5-10 minutes.

You’ll get new training delivered to you 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and a bonus weekly check-in on Saturdays!

The training includes:

  • Journal prompts
  • Weekly habit focuses
  • Mental strength challenges
  • Personal development exercises
  • Book of the month suggestions
  • Access to a community of like-minded individuals and athletes who will support your growth
  • Exclusive tips
  • And MORE!

About the Program Creator

Dawn Fletcher headshot

Dawn Fletcher is the owner of and the creator of the Mindset training program on SugarWOD. She’s coached more than 25 CrossFit Games athletes, National Champions, Marines, endurance competitors, and thousands of others to major achievements.

She has a master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus in sport and exercise psychology and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a CrossFit Level 3 Coach. Her niche is mental performance coaching, as she believes mindset is the greatest determinant of success.