“You have to train your mind like you train your body.”
Just like physical training, training your mind takes practice, consistency and conscious effort to improve and strengthen your mental game. We have seen the publicity of professional sports teams, such as the Philadelphia Phillies, hiring sport psychology consultants and mental skills trainers to help aid their athletes in this part of their game. Training the brain is the key concept that separates the good athletes from the great ones. For an athlete, the biggest gain from mental skills training is increased self-awareness and regulation of thoughts and emotions, resulting in enhanced control of performance.
Take the Philadelphia Phillies, for example. They recently added a mental skills trainer to their professional coaching staff, showing that they believe in the impact of the mental side of the game. Once an organization, team, coach, or player decides to commit to mental skills training, the next step is figuring out how. Easier said than done, right?
The first step to training your brain is to become aware of how you react to certain experiences and situations. Common questions to ask yourself: How do you feel when you play your best (anxious, excited, calm, amped up)? What do you focus on? What do you tell yourself? When you identify the mindset you want to have to reach your optimal level of performance, then you can start taking the appropriate steps to develop strategies and techniques to help you accomplish just that. As a mentally tough performer, you can develop strategies to help you recover from mistakes, calm your nerves, regulate the feeling of pressure and motivation - all leading to improved confidence, motivation and ability to perform at your best.
Stay tuned as Summit Performance Consulting brings you strategies, techniques, new research and news to help you train your brain.