In our most recent newsletter we briefly touched on the subject of positive thinking in sports. We thought it would be helpful to explore this a little deeper so local athletes and their families can work on this critical life skill together. We’ve gathered some great advice and wanted to share it below. We hope you work hard to apply and incorporate these suggestions in your on field and off field activities!
Positive Thinking Guidance and Advice
Changes Do Not Happen Over Night, It Takes Work!
- Research the subject! The more you know the better off you’ll be. Think about its benefits and persuade yourself to try it. The power of your thoughts is a mighty power that is always shaping your life. Even if the idea seems strange, give it a try. You have nothing to lose!
- Ignore what other people say or think about you, stay focused on yourself.
- Use your imagination to visualize only favorable and beneficial situations; picture yourself having success in your games & practices.
- Use positive words when you’re thinking to yourself or when talking with coaches & teammates.
- Smile a little more when you’re playing, as this helps to think positively.
- Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware of it, and work to replace it with a more positive one. If the negative thought returns, replace it again with a positive one.
- It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. If you push through, you will transform the way your mind thinks. It might take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they will.
As an athlete, positive thinking is a critical component to your success. For example, if before a match you spend time thinking that you’re going to forget the structured team offensive plays and are already anticipating making mistakes, of course the likelihood of you making those exact mistakes are higher than if you did the opposite.
Something that has always helped athletes is the pre-game preparation. Taking the time during stretching, warm-ups, and team meetings leading up to a game is the ideal time to really drill down and think positively. Even if you haven’t thought about your match the entire week, spending 30-45 minutes before a game thinking positively and pumping yourself up can be a huge difference maker in the outcome of your performance.
So remember, be aware of your thoughts and strive to fill the majority of them with positive ones!