The longer I live and lift, the more important the mental aide of training becomes.
Of course, the mental side of training is vitally important in other types of training, also.
I was first introduced to mental aspect of training during my early years of martial arts practice. It has stayed with me ever since I started training as a teenager.
Though I do not practice martial arts as I did back then, the mindset is now applied to lifting.
If you train with or watch serious lifters in action, they have their own styles of how they attack their training.
Some are loud and openly aggressive while others move in silently for the kill.
Either way, they are 100% focused and determined to get that lift. The ones before are history and the next one doesn’t matter yet.
I remember the first time I heard Dru Patrick talk about his training, at Bud Jeffries & Logan Christopher’s Super Human Training Workshop.
He said when he goes to the gym, he goes to kill.
More recently, at Ed Coan’s Powerlifting Seminar, he stressed going their with the intent to destroy.
No matter what your lifting ritual is, make each individual rep count. It is the only one that matters!