The Competitive Athlete Mindset

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The Mental Game

What defines your mental game? Are you frustrated with your sport for several reasons? If you’re feeling the following:

  • The pressure to perform
  • Not in the right headspace
  • Negative self talk
  • Burnt out on training
  • Unable to get ‘in the zone’

Then you might need a better strategy to be in the right mind to perform and to win! The brain is hardwired to learn by repetition. Have you noticed that your body at times is unable to perform a new movement pattern simply because you are not in the right headspace?You may have no physical limitations, but there are mental ones. Master these areas of your mental game by re-modulating your brain. We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat”, well the saying “What you think is what you are!” applies here.

  • If you think you will continue in a negative self talk pattern loop, you will.
  • If you think you will not succeed in life, then life will have lots of bumps on the road.
  • If you think you are burnt out, then you are.

Ponder on these ideas. You have a choice to re-modulate your brain; you have a choice to succeed. The choice for success is endless. Oftentimes, we see athletes allowing others to define if they are successful in their sport or not. You define how you will respond to your environment, you have the choice to raise the bar.

Keep a journal on your sport. What you are thinking about your sport, during your practice, what you think your coach is telling you to improve upon, and what you think you should be focusing on. This should take a max of 5 min a day.Why the journal? It helps get your thoughts down on paper. How many of you are anxious about not making the mark in your sport? By writing in your journal, you address these feelings so you can have winning strategies to move beyond and improve your mental game. Writing down your thoughts and feelings help make them become less of a stressor, and more of an empowerment to you, the athlete, so you can rise above these challenges. Remember, you can do anything you set your mind to. All you have to do is re-modulate your thought processes to make yourself the athlete you want to be.

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