Hard training, well-balanced diet, enough sleep, but the results are still not satisfying? It’s time time for some psychological work and mind training.
Sports psychology is increasing in importance among sportsmen and women who want to get the best out of themselves and there’s a lot to benefit from, if you’re to push through those stubborn mental obstacles, or want to reprogram any of those destructive voices taking in your head.
Common issues where this type of treatment may be effective cover performance anxiety or overcoming distracting/destructive self-talk. You most likely know how it goes: ‘I’m never going to achieve this. Why am I even bothering?’ ‘I knew I would fail in this race.’ And so on. Do any of these voices sound familiar? If you want to be really proactive in the pursuit of becoming better, you have to recognize the significance of psychology.
Thoughts control leads to body control
It’s indisputable that if you control your mind when going into your performances, you’ll give yourself an opportunity of getting the best version of yourself out on the field (without the white noise that spoils performance), regardless of the sport in question.
Science and anecdote prove the power of thoughts: Tiger Woods has been using visualization since childhood to help him mentally prepare and a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology discovered that mental practice significantly and positively influence performance.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should stay on your couch and avoid training, but remember that visualizing flexing your elbow can in fact make it stronger without any physical movement.
What you should do is integrate some mind training into your physical schedule. This could do miracles for your performance and everyday life.