Planning for Excellence

Just as athletes conduct a physical warm up just prior to a practice or performance, so too should they consider developing a psychological or mental warm up in order to put them in the best frame of mind for a peak performance. This can be easily accomplished in just a few hours, and over time, can be continuously refined and individualized in order to enable them to “win the mind game.” Planning What frees you to perform your best? Think about a previous performance that you are proud of. What three words would you use to describe how you were feeling just prior to that performance? What interferes with you reaching your potential? Worry, focus, rest, thought patterns, self-doubt, concerns outside of the athletic arena. What three words would you use to describe your emotions just prior to that performance? Is there anything you would like to improve about the way you approach a competition? Attitude, level of intensity, self talk, fear of failure, fear of success, level of nervousness, etc…. Execution How would you prefer to think, feel, act, or be just before a competition?  Most world-class athletes report being in a state of relaxed intensity, feeling highly focused, and supremely confident in their ability. Evaluation  What aspects of your mind-set were empowering? What aspects of your mind-set were not empowering? What thoughts can you develop in order to counter any limiting thoughts or beliefs? Make a list of empowering statements that you can use just prior to a competition that will support you. For your next performance what can you do better to prepare yourself to be at...