The most underrated thing in the universe:
We hardly know shit about it. One thing we do know is that it can be pretty damn powerful.
If you don't know what the "placebo effect" is, it simply means that you THINK something is working, so it actually works even though you could've just had a sugar pill.
To demonstrate the mind and the power behind belief, let's use steroids. I'm quoting from an article I'll link at the end:
"Let’s take a look at two studies examining the placebo effect’s impact on “steroid-induced” strength gains.
In the first (Ariel, 1974), researchers told 15 trained athletes they could get their hands on some free, legal steroids. The subjects were already relatively strong at the start of the study – with squat and bench press maxes around 300 pounds, and military press maxes a shade under 200 pounds.
They trained for 7 weeks with the promise that the people who made the best strength gains (to give them an incentive to train hard and make as much progress as possible) in those 7 weeks would get free, legal steroids. So the athletes trained for 7 weeks, and put a combined total of ~22 pounds on their bench, military press, seated press, and squat.
Then, 6 of the participants were selected at random to take part in the “steroid” trial. They were told they were being given 10mg/day of Dianabol, when really they were taking placebo pills.
They trained for another 4 weeks, thinking they were on drugs.
In just 4 weeks, they put a combined total of ~100 pounds on those same four lifts. 100 pounds instead of 22, in 4 weeks instead of 7. Simply because they THOUGHT they were on steroids.
So the placebo effect clearly increases your strength gains from training when you simply *think* you’re on steroids. You expect more gains, so you get more gains." - http://strengtheory.com/the-science-of-steroids/…
Fucking crazy, right?
Take home point - believe in yourself.