We all plan and train to physically condition ourselves for competition, however learning how to prepare and even perform mentally for an event can be just as challenging. There are always numerous distractions and unique circumstances that can come into play leading up to and during competition.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete to be successful in whatever sport you might play or compete it, but we all have to utilise some level of mental preparation.
Here some mental skills you can incorporate to help contribute to the success of your next event or competition.
- Maintain A Positive Attitude
- View your sport as an opportunity to compete against yourself and learn from any previous successes and failures.
- Don’t push for perfection, focus and pursuer excellence. Remember no one is prefect!
- Respect yourself and maintain a balance with your sport and your everyday life.
- Self Motivation Is A Winner
- Persist through any challenging tasks and difficult times. It may not seem the rewards are forthcoming but you must realise these rewards come about with your participation and commitment to the training and competition.
- Set Realistic Goals
- Set long term and short term goals that are measurable and time orientated.
- Try Positive Self Talk
- Maintain self confidence during challenging times with realistic positive self talk. Talk to yourself in the way you would talk to your best friend.
- Especially during competition, use self talk to regulate thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
- Utilise Positive Mental Imagery
- Imagine yourself crossing the finish line or lifting that PB weight. No matter what sport,just imagine yourself performing really well.
- Keep Focused & Maintain Concentration
- Learn how to maintain focus and resist distractions, whether they come from the environment or from within yourself.
- Regain your focus when concentration is lost during competition -Think about the hard work and effort you have put in to reach this level.
- Learn how to accept the “here-and-now” or "whats in the moment" without regard to either past or anticipated future events.