I love being a sport psychologist working in soccer. There are so many neat tools and techniques that can help players be the best they can be.
Do you utilize sport psychology within your training sessions? Do you utilize it when you compete? How strong is your competitive mindset?
Here are a few simple and succinct ideas from the sport psychology cannon.
Are you Self-Aware?
Do you know what you do when you’re at your best? Do you know what you think when you’re at your best? Do you know the differences between your best and your worst performances in terms of your thinking, feelings and behaviors?
A difference between champions and mere mortals is self-awareness. Champions are so because they know themselves intimately. They know their frame of mind when they excel and they know the small behaviors they display when they find high performance.
If you aren’t self-aware it’s tough to build confidence. If you’re not self-aware it’s tough to develop your game. How can you improve if you don’t know what needs improving in the first place? Self-awareness is a skill all soccer players must develop.
Do you Cover the Inches?
There is a difference between over-complication and thoroughness. Champions don’t make their sport difficult and overbearing, but they do break their sport down into basic components and strive to super-charge those components during training.
If you’re not covering the detail then it’s likely you won’t become a champion. It’s likely you’ll fall at the first hurdle or eat humble pie at the first bend. It’s unlikely you’ll come flying through on the back straight.
Know exactly what it is you need to work on. This requires a microscopic look at the fine detail of your game. When you discover what needs developing avoid panic, Relax! Enjoy improving these micro areas…and you’ll get macro results as a consequence.
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