I know that as athletes we all constantly want more. We want to be more successful, we want to be better at a certain skill… but we don’t know how to approach our mental game. Self defeat is one of the most common things that affects teams, individual athletes and people in general. If you truly believe you cant, then you wont. But if you change the way you think, you’ll be surprised what you can pull out of your hat.
Lets start with identifying some core beliefs:
You are a great athlete
You are strong
You have what it takes to be a champion
Instill that into your brain, and then we get a little deeper.
Be productive when expending mental energy.
Prepare for the forecast. Do not worry about the forecast.
-ie weekends, if you’re doing something you need to prepare for it
-save your energy for solving problems and working on goals rather than stressing
Use productive thoughts
Think about training as becoming better in the area of practice rather than another thing on your agenda
Be aware of your thinking and do not build negative outlooks on yourself
-I can’t, I’m tired – bullshit. Change the tone. Now you can say “ I will, and I’ll do it faster than the last time”
Get comfortable being uncomfortable
Accept your feelings and don’t let them control your mind
Sometimes you have to take charge and do something different than what you believe. Trust the plan.
–Be the person you want to become, don’t wish to be them.
Take note how far you’ve come.
Look at the journey so far rather than the journey left to go. Move forward with force and improve on your improvements
Start acting like you deserve to be on the top of the podium, put your mental game on the forefront of your agenda. If you’re facing resistance from your self, make sure you have someone in your corner who is going to keep you up when you feel like you’re headed down.