Kill Your “Yeah, but…”

By December 28, 2018Blog, Intention, Mindset

As the end of the year (and the beginning of the season) approaches, I’ve found myself on the phone doing coaching calls with a lot of my clients. We’re doing that whole forward-looking thing:

  • mapping out the season
  • identify keystone goals
  • scheduling the peaks and valleys of training
  • making plans to deal with overwhelm

All pretty normal stuff.

And as I go through these calls I’m faced with one constant: YEAH, BUTS.

Everybody has a “Yeah, but…” in them. In fact, most of us have more than one. As I talk to my clients, their “yeah, buts” are coming out of the woodwork.

It might look something like this:

ME: Okay. So we’ve decided that you’re going to train for jamming this year because that’s what you really want to do. I have tons of plans for getting you there. And you have a lot of checkpoints built into your goals. Are you ready?

THEM: Yeah, but…


THEM: …I’m not very fast so I’m just not sure I’ll make a very good jammer.

YEAH, BUTS are the internal barriers you have holding you back. It might be true that this person isn’t very fast, but that’s not what’s really holding them back from trying to be a jammer. As we’ve already discovered I’m not very fast, but if you give me the star I will jam like hell and probably score a few points. It’s not about being fast. At least not right now.

It’s about already having decided that being slow is a problem.

Or that being slow is a problem you can’t fix.

Guess what? I can fix slow.

I can’t fix “Yeah, but…”

As you approach your season and start making all the plans about cross-training and how much weight to put on the bar and how many burpees* can be done in succession, you need to also make a plan to address your “yeah, but…”

Here’s a journal activity to get you going:

  1. Set aside 15-20 minutes.
  2. Grab a notebook (or open the notes app on your phone or text a friend). Be ready to actually write something down.
  3. Think about your goals for the season. Be bold! What are all the things you want to accomplish?
  4. As you think of each goal, notice when your brain says, Yeah, that would be cool but…
  5. List out all your “Yeah, buts…”

You don’t have to talk yourself out of them (YET), but being aware of the roadblocks your brain is going to through at you as you try to improve in the new season is key. It might still derail you to have your brain tell you “Yeah. But.” about something, but it won’t be something you haven’t heard before.

And, just like in the example above about being slow, you may find that what your brain is “yeah, but-ing” about isn’t even that big of a barrier.

Training for the pre-season (or any part of your season) isn’t just about shaking off the rust, but also about killing your “yeah, but.”


The beginning of the season can simultaneously be the most and least favorite part of a season. You’re giddy with the excitement of lacing up and skating again, along with the change to reconnect with your teammates and the sport you love. But you’re also sick with dread about how rusty you are.

Once the season starts, the rust has got to go. We need it gone so that when that first game hits, you’re skating at the same level that you ended last season on.

Introducing the January Pre-Season Prep Challenge

A 5-week training program that helps you shake the rust off and avoid burning out while doing it:

The Challenge includes:

  • 5-WEEK PRE-SEASON TRAINING PROGRAM => Train up to 5 days a week with a program designed just for refinding and refinding those movements you haven’t done in while.
  • KILLER COACHING => Access to a private coaching group that will specifically focus on toeing the line between shaking off the rust and avoiding potential burnout.
  • A FANCY TRAINING APP => To deliver the program right to your phone. Or computer.
  • MINDSET & LIFESTYLE TIPS => The coaching group doesn’t just focus on the physical part of training. We’ll also talk about how to set yourself up mentally for long-term season success.

The Cephalopod Squad and the challenges only open up 2 or 3 times a year, so if you’ve ever wanted to join the squad OR you need special help prepping for a big pre-season ahead, THIS IS THE TIME.

Grab your spot now.



About IronOctopusFitness

Online athletic training and nutrition coach, full-time mom, okay skater, and connoisseur of all things tea, chocolate, and roller derby. I'll help you unleash your inner athlete by building a strong, capable body that can withstand whatever life throws at you.

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