If you come to me, the chances are that you know where you are in the world of sport and you have an outcome that you want to achieve. Then, we are going to work on a plan to achieve this outcome. This plan contains a set of skills to learn (mental training) and committed actions to take. For example
Emotions: You do not control your emotions, but you can choose how to respond to them in a way that improves performance.
Better control of the situations: you only control what can be controlled, for example, your performance. However, bad things happen in sport, and your focus should be only on what can be controlled. You can train how you will react to unexpected situations, but a new situation may happen, and you can learn effective ways to react to it.
Self-regulation: there are specific times during the game to self-regulate. And there will be times that you will have to accept what you are feeling and bring it with you because moving your attention from performance to your internal sensations will be a distraction.
Confidence: can come from trust in your skills. Do you trust the type of training you have? Is there anything that could be improved to learn sports skills even faster? Sometimes a sequence of bad results destroys our confidence. What do you say to yourself during those bad moments? Do you beat yourself with negative self-talk?
Motivation. Can you truly motivate someone to do something that is painful and not always fun? Maybe, motivation is a myth. We can create the best environment possible to motivate athletes to practice more, to enhance learning, or to be more fun for young players. Maybe, the best environment possible will keep you moving forward, but there will be difficult times and you may feel lost and want to give up. Commitment to your sport and your goals is what will keep you moving in the desired direction.
Do you want to learn more about how to improve your mental game? Contact me.