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Sports Psychology: Developing Mental Toughness

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by , 10-02-2008 at 06:02 PM (5105 Views)
Part of becoming a successful athlete is to recognize what it takes to develop confidence and trust in your self to become a top athlete. Athletes that make it to the state tournament in their sport do so because they feel confident- most of the time. Confidence is a personal attribute that is often attractive, alluring, desirable and contagious. When individuals display confidence they are not displaying cockiness, rude behavior or conceit. They are displaying their high comfort level that they will succeed. Confidence can not only be developed, it can be strengthened. Just like the muscles of the body can be strengthened with proper weight training, self-confidence can be strengthened with preparation and practice. By using the four confident building steps listed in this chapter, you are on your way toward achieving greater mental toughness and achieving your athletic goals.

Step One: Success Breeds Success
You would not be reading this if you have not had any success in your sport. In fact, you most likely have had past success in numerous areas of you life, whether it be academics, friendships, family life and other activities that you have chosen to be a part of. It?s time to build off of those experiences! Confidence is built off of past successes. Complete the confident building exercises. 1. On a piece of paper list specific activities, situations or events that you have been successful at in your life. Post this list in a place where you can see it daily. Note: If you think this exercise is for sissies, then you need to know that this exercise is being done daily by professional athletes, successful business people and some of the greatest leaders in the world. 2. Keep a notebook next to your bed. At the end of each day before you go to sleep, write down you successes for the day. You last thought for the day needs to center on your achievements! When you wake up the next morning, read the achievements that you wrote down the following night. Now, write down what you want to accomplish today.

Step Two: Garbage In Garbage Out

?You are what you eat.? This common phrase is often used by nutrition specialists who are trying to prove the point that your body and physical well-being is directly affected by the food that you put into it. Example: An athlete that loads up on high sugar foods before a practice or game often performs at a level below capability. Marathon runners have been known to eat pasta the night before they run; high carbs, low fat, low sugar. Your brain works the same way. When you feed your brain a poorly balanced diet of negative thoughts, negative self- talk, negative music, negative books and negative television shows, you will become negative. The opposite is true as well. When you feed your brain with positive thoughts, positive self-talk, positive music and television shows, you will become positive.

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Updated 10-02-2008 at 10:10 PM by Schlottke



  1. Schlottke's Avatar
    nice post Scott!