In team sports, players are united in the pursuit of accomplishing a set of goals. These goals can be team goals, individual goals or goals set by the coaching staff. This creates a situation where every individual has a role to play, and whether big or small it has an effect on the outcome. Accordingly, an athlete who is competent with their play is likely to make the team performance that much greater. Trusting what you have mastered during practice minimizes the controlling tendencies and makes movements automatic. The trust in your mastery of skills enhances accuracy, confidence and complexity of your abilities.
Trusting your ability in competition can lead to:
- Better decision making as you are less likely to second guess yourself
- Use of better techniques and better plays to avoid mistakes
- Taking smart calculated risks and not over analyzing
- Not thinking too far head or focusing on past mistakes
Trusting the skills you have learned and developed during practices allows for performances to be automatic. Athletes who trust their game are usually the athletes who want the game to be in their hands in tough situations. The trust they have in their skills makes their performance seem effortless.
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