In January I wrote a little blurb on an article I read in the Performance Menu titled Mind Freak. I anxiously awaited Part 2, and now I'm glad I was able to read it today, mostly because of some slightly dissapointing lifts yesterday.
It's all about Mental Training, and it is crucial to serious progress. Part 2 talks about recognizing fear and controlling your breath. All things you think you do, but rarely do you get a hold on them. Or even if you practice them on a regular basis the current situation can sometimes overtake the training you've put yourslef through.
Just as your physical training doesn't end the second you walk out the gym door, your mental training certainly needs to be up to par even outside of actually performing the lifts.
And something else to think about...
A quote from Dan Millman, "Injury most often results from a fundamental flaw in our talent foundation (of strength, suppleness, stamina, and sensitivity), of from impatience, a lack of attention, or some combination of these. Accidents aren't really accidents... to avoid injuries, you need mental clarity and attention, emotional stability, and physical preparation. They are the three bests insurance policies you'll ever have and they don't cost a cent. Injury is the price paid for insensitivity, impatience, or inattention."