1. Every athlete feels self-doubt and negativity at some point during training and/or competition.
2. However, elite athletes are able to change these negative thoughts into positive ones through a technique called self-talk.
3. Elite athletes draw on past successes to give them the confidence they need for their current practice, performance, or competition.
Today’s Exercise: Self-Talk
Fill out the “Self-Talk” form in your Peak Performance Workbook. Think back to some times when you have felt successful and competent in sport and then use these past experiences to create self-talk cues you can use whenever you’re doubting yourself.
More on Self-Talk
As a high performance athlete, you know that you must have disciplined thoughts if you want to be your best.
It is important for you to notice when you are having negative thoughts and work to replace them with positive thoughts.
Those positive thoughts must be both realistic and authentic – you must believe them! So, for example, if you are feeling tired at practice, rather than “I’m so tired. I can’t finish this set.” You can replace it with “I’ve managed difficult practices before, I can make it through this one too.”
The key is to remember times when you’ve been successful in the past and then build a roster of self-talk cues that will shift your thoughts from negative to positive.