Your mind needs conditioning just as much as the rest of your body. Mental messaging creates the current image you have of yourself and is determining much of your results. You have the ability to use stretegies and techniques to change the negative perceptions you have of yourself to positive perceptions which foster successful results.
BIG POINT – What is the repetitive message you send yourself related to:
∙ Capacity to improve ?
∙ Potential to reach ultimate goal?
People make choices based on the possibilities they believe are available and on the capabilities they believe they have. The possibilities and capabilities you believe you have are likely not as great as your possibilities and capabilities that exist within your potential.
Do you tend to believe:
∙ “I’m a (Choker, person who’s easily injured, procrastinator, lazy person)?”
∙ “I’m not a (Morning person, a lifter, a runner, a reader, a fast person)?”
∙ “I like (Junk food too much, to party, sleeping in)?”
∙ “I don’t like to (Study, practice things over and over)?”
∙ “Because of (background, past, mistakes), I always get Y result?”
If you've heard yourself say any of these things, or anything like them, it's time to build more mental muscle.
Building Mental Muscle
It takes 30 days to change thought patterns.
- National Institute of mental Health
The process for changing thought patterns is exposure to new, repetitive messaging. When you think you can't, you always can. Changing your mindset to the optimum will dramatically shift the way you view athletics and your life in general.
Below are examples of positive, repetitive messaging. Put these messages in bold in your life, repeating them daily and writing them down on index cards or whatever best helps you remember. Each morning and evening, repeat your new messages three times. Do this for 30 days and you’ll begin to change your mental messaging, start believing more in yourself, and get better results.
∙ Change I’m a Choker to “I’m shockingly cool under fire”
∙ Change I’m injured to “I’ve got joints of steel"
∙ Change I’m lazy to “I’m like cyborg, I get up and just go hard all day long"
∙ Change I’m not a reader to “I love the transformation my life goes through every time I pick up a book"
“The 1st period is won by the best technician. The second period is won by the kid in the best shape. The third period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.”
- Dan Gable
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