This is a concept which is mainly applied to most other aspects of life mainly eating, alcohol and drug consumption. But it should also be applied to powerlifting. More specifically competition preparation and meet day itself.
But, it is a crucial aspect of your performance success as well as other factors.
Firstly, in the context of going HAM.
Be patient, there are only a few times in which you should be really pushing yourself mentally. These are on days when you just cannot get your head in the game and as you are approaching a meet.
Using tools such as Ammonia and getting really fired up should be used mainly for top singles and sets that you know are going to be hard. I think mentally you have to be prepared for heavy weights, recognizing that the weight will feel heavy is important. But, one must approach the barbell with the feeling of owning the weight.
Secondly, in the context of dieting.
Generally, with dieting, we have to be mild. Deciding to gain weight or lose weight needs to be approached with some level of patience. My goal was to move up from a low 93K lifter to a 120K it has taken me almost an entire year to move up to 105K and I have been patient. So, you must recognize that in order to make progress in this fashion one needs to be patient and thoughtful. It is difficult to both gain and lose weight so getting to a position where you can maintain is usually the most optimal solution. This position can change every year but being consistent and the patient is the best plan! But, being temperate and not yo yo ing up and down is going to help you continually make progress and succeed in achieving your goals.
Thirdly, in the context of goals.
So you have probably always heard set lofty goals, or shoot for the stars and if you miss you’ll still hit the moon. For sure this is a good overall mentality to have in any endeavor you may seek out. However, you have to periodize these goals in order to succeed. Saying that you want to hit an 800 Sq a 500 B and an 800 D is a great goal to have in your life. However, it is unrealistic to say that you could achieve this in a year. So focusing whole heartedly on these numbers year to year is stupid. Break down your goals and have realistic goals week to week and year to year.
Finally, in the context of competing.
This one is relatively straightforward. Don’t compete too much. Far too many new and beginner lifters begin by competing as much as possible sometimes up to 5/6 times a year. See this is a relatively bounded mindset. You are immediately setting yourself up for limited progression. A peak is always followed by a trough. Meaning that once your strength is at the top you will have to face the trough following it. By competing multiple times a year you are setting yourself up for a consistent limitation in strength. Essentially, competing less gives you a greater period between meets and longer to progress resulting in higher overall performance and lower risk of injury. On the downside, it is likely that you will see a decrease in competition skill if you compete less, however, making your training as similar to competing as possible helps to prevent this.
To conclude, powerlifting is a sport of longevity. So taking every measure to provide you with a lengthy and healthy lifting career will be crucial to your success and your performance.