Having just wrapped my blog series about the 5 Easy Steps to Mental Training, I think…
…now is a good time to review the value of positive thinking.
I believe the value of positive thinking is priceless.
Most athletes who are training toward a goal are driven individuals and are highly motivated.
They spend hours investing physical energy in a pursuit to meet their goals.
Learning to channel our mental energies in an effort to improve performance is just as valuable but often overlook. Without a strong mental focus during practice, race performance can end up off track.
Positive energies that should be channeled to help you swim faster, bike harder or run with purpose are misdirected by negative thoughts and images often irrelevant to personal performance.
When you practice positive thinking, it becomes habit and these habits can mean the difference between personal bests or missed opportunities.
First, you need to be positive.
At the most basic level of any training, you must posses a positive attitude and outlook. If you bring a positive attitude to practice, you are practicing to play and perform positively.
Your decision to remain positive is something you decide long before you take the start. It is something you and only you have control over. You can’t control the weather, how crowded the swim will be or how fast the person next to you will run, but being emotionally positive will help you stay focused, relaxed and perform consistently.
This translates to heighten performance and physical improvement.
Second, imagery plays a vital role in positive thinking.
Imagine you are on a bike riding into a headwind. What thoughts are running through your head? “Oh my goodness, I can barely pedal, my legs are like lead weights, I will surely die out here!”
Do you think Lance Armstrong ever said that?
No, he would replace those thoughts with positive imagery of a strong confident cyclist in control of his body and bike.
By simply changing or altering the image associated with an activity we can decide to be victorious or defeated. The next time you are faced with a challenging situation, rise to the occasion.
Imagine yourself in control and aware of your athletic expertise.
Remember your best training sessions, how they were hot, windy, humid and physically demanding and how you overcame the adversity then and will now too.
Finally, talk to yourself.
The words we say to ourselves and the little conversations we have in our heads dramatically impact our performance. Self-talk tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy and if you’re not giving yourself positive talk you can expect negative results, so go ahead, encourage yourself, you deserve a pat on the back.
If you have any questions about the value of positive thinking? And how it will help assure you’re at the top of your game? As always, please feel free to contact me, visit my web site at www.GearedUp.Biz, or give me a call at (239) 246-2920.
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