Champion athletes become the best at what they do because they work hard physically and mentally. They enjoy challenges and are driven to improve not just by winning, but also by thriving under pressure. They have a mindset where nothing is impossible. They have also built mental strategies that over the years have helped them to be able to pull off spectacular sports feats.
When LeBron James gets the ball to make the winning basket, he has no doubt that the ball is going in. Being positive eliminates doubt and gives you confidence you can accomplish your goals. Having a positive outlook also enables you to better cope with stress and anxiety associated with big competitions. As an athlete you want to put everything in your favor and it starts with thinking positively.
Be in the moment
While in competition you need to be in the present moment and concentrate on the task at hand. Focus on the here and the now not on what has happened in the past or will happen in the future. Being present in the moment eliminates over-analyzing, negative thoughts or dwelling on what your competitors are doing.
Your performance can be affected if your intensity is too high or too low. You want to be able to find the appropriate intensity that will best produce and motivate you to do your best. Some athletes prefer to listen to music while others would rather calmly sit while analyzing their game plan – learn what works for you.
Learn from failure
Elite athletes understand that failure is part of learning and a process of development. They take what they do well and implement it within their repertoire while learning from their mistakes. They do not dwell on mistakes but learn from them and move on.
Great athletes are also great students of their sports. To be able to rise to the occasion and perform in clutch moments, they first have to learn the mental strategies to execute for such situations. They are positive, focused on the moment, have the right intensity and know what works well for the pressure-filled settings. Lastly, they enjoy and cherish the big stage, since this is what ultimately elevates good athletes to become championship athletes.
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