One of the most common mental game errors that I see in my work is that athletes get too caught up in their own story, and that story creates their “prediction” of what will or will not happen for them in their future performances.
For instance, if an athlete comes to me with a belief (story) that they are not quite as talented as other teammates they tend to defer to the other players on the team, or not play “on the edge” with an attack mindset and willingness to go for it. This creates performances that are less than what the athlete is capable of, and often that comes across as unconfident or safe. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with playing smart, but the way to differentiate between smart and playing it safe is that the athlete COULD perform the task, but they CHOOSE to back away for the easier way out.
The problem starts with the core belief, which leads to the story that they tell themselves, which ends with them predicting they aren’t good enough to play “on the edge” because if they do they’ll make a mistake. This plays out in the athlete looking for the safer pass instead of the attacking mindset that it often takes to play at their maximum potential.
My work with the athlete allows them to understand their “story”, that it is simply that – a story, that it often has little to no real “evidence” of truth, how to replace it with a more effective belief, and how to replicate and practice the new belief until it becomes habit.
When the athlete makes this realization and turns the corner on it their performance begins to take off. The greater impact is not only the improvement, but greater consistency in performance as well.
Athletes, if you want to have a boost in your performance, or coaches, if you’re looking to enhance your own tools in the mental game, or would like me to work directly with your team please contact me directly for the details.