Coach's Corner: The Mind Game
In any sport the Mind and the Heart of an athlete are King, but are hard to measure until they are tested. Today we'll talk about the power of the Mind. Some may question how the mind has anything to do with sports or competition. After all sports is a largely a physical endeavor. Well, turns out the mind is hugely important. It controls movements, instincts, emotion, and has the power to enslave you or empower you. Throughout history Buddhist monks and other ascetics have demonstrated that the mind alone has the power to regulate body temperature, heart rate, muscle contracture and several other elements of the body.
As competitors and athletes, we are striving to perform at our most optimal levels, but can often run into mind altering setbacks. Don't you hate when thing don't go your way?!? Yes, set backs and lack of motivation can be crippling...if you let it cripple you. It's beyond discouraging when things don't go our way or we aren't seeing the results we want. At that point its easy to come up with excuses, doubt and reasoning as to why you should just quit. The fact is, life hits you when you least expect it, that's when your mind can make or break you. It can amplify your competive abilities or diminish them.
I am going to share tips that can help you maintain a strong positive mindset that will help you keep your competitive edge on point.
If you take the time to clear your thoughts and practice a sport with mind control using relaxation techniques and visualization, you will better learn to mitigate your stress responses and will be more likely to enter the competition or playing field with heightened confidence. Practice being in the moment; Close your eyes, control your breathing and visualize executing a play, a routine, or task. This will help to keep you moving forward and help reduce stress response.
2. YOU DETERMINE YOUR REALITY
I know what you are thinking..."Really, how is this going to give me an edge." Well first thing you need to understand is that YOU determine your reality by how you respond to your situation. You choose whether the experience is positive or negative and you act accordingly. Placing last in a show, race, seating may be a disaster and cause enough discouragement to quit, or maybe its an opportunity to improve and learn from what you did wrong and develop a new strategy for the next competition. Afterall we are here to continually progress ourselves, correct?
3.WRITE WORDS OF AFFIRMATION
Grab a notebook and start writing positive things about yourself or about the outcome of an upcoming competition. In my last Bodybuilding show everyday for 12 weeks, 10xDaily I wrote, "I will win the Legends Classic" and I would read it over 10x a day.When I started writing that affirmation I didnt really believe it would happen but as weeks 8-12 started rolling around, I whole heartedly believed that nobody would or could beat me come the day of the show. The outcome was I walked away with not 1 but 3 1st place trophies. I always preach to my competitors, "If your mind can conceive it then you will achieve it."
4. LIVE WITH GRATITUDE
So many positive things happen during our day and we often ignore them. As human beings we tend to focus our attention to more of the negativity that surrounds us rather than the positive. We let one negative comment or event ruin our entire mindset. Don't focus on a limitation you may have but focus on everything else you are capable of doing. Every morning or evening you can pray and or write to give thanks for all that you have to be grateful for and list each of those things. This will start and end your day with positivity, priming your mind for whatever the day holds. If you’re reading this then you obviously have access to a computer or phone and probably live with a roof over your head and food in your belly, which is a daily struggle for much of the world… so it should be easy to find tons of things you’re grateful for.
BEWARE these keys may cause:
-BETTER ABILITY TO REACH PEAK PHYSICAL FITNESS
-IMPROVED ENERGY AND VITALITY
-A HIEGHTENED AWARENESS OF THE MIND AND BODY OR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CONNECTION.
There it is, My secret recipe! Now take it and try to apply it to your day to day!!!