Every individual possesses the ability to be mentally strong and perform consistently, even under the most adverse conditions.
Mental health is just as important as physical health when training for a sport. Four factors contribute to this health: mental, emotional, social and meta-mental (reflection, discussion). Each factor works together with the rest to influence performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity. Before we talk further about mental skills training, ask yourself the following questions:
What is mental skills training? Mental skills training addresses the four factors mentioned above that influence success in sport. There are numerous strategies that individuals can learn that can help them improve their performance and their personal development in sport, and overall, in life.
The goals of mental skills training are:
If you use your talents, you can be "FOCUSED" and ready for anything
STEP 3 The final step is learning to use your mental talents in all different circumstances (eg: training camps, international competitions, selections or trials, injuries and conflict situations). These talents apply to more than just sport performance. They are life skills. There is a lot more to being a top level performer than the time you spend in competition. The skills you learn in sports situations can always be applied to life situations.
If you use your talents, you can be "FOCUSED" and ready for anything:
Focused on the present and on the task at hand.
Optimistic about your actions and the future.
Confident in your abilities, skills, and preparation.
Unwavering in your mental and physical state.
Smart - Make good choices and learn from your experiences.
Energized ready for the competition.
Director of your own performance.
Things do not always go exactly as planned. View failure as a speed bump towards success and not a pothole with no bottom.
Mental training skills prepare you to manage the four factors of mental health. Challenge yourself everyday to REFINE your GIFTS and stay FOCUSED on the mental, emotional, social, and meta-mental areas of health. Include mental practice in your training program to create a positive environment for positive performance. It can mean to difference between good and bad athletic success.