One of the biggest barriers I see for athletes going from good to great, is that when things are going pretty good, they stop working on their mental performance. Often times when we feel like things are going good, we more easily get complacent, and don't feel like we need to do anything more or change anything up because things are going good.
I hear it all the time that things are going good, so no need to talk, or a client has nothing they want to look at or they decide to stop working with me. Not to say everyone needs to continually work with me, but the mindset of wanting to push past pretty good, is a big one. Saying I am good so there isn't anything to work on is complacency which easily can lead to a downward spiral in performance or simply not accessing everything to reach your potential, to stop your growth and how good you could become.
When we look at some of the greats, they never rest on how good they have been, they are always looking for a little more, knowing there is still room to improve, they have a developmental bias. Knowing that the process of developing and knowing themselves is a never ending arc. This is what makes them great, while for many being good is enough.
It is interesting, because I see this mindset a lot when it comes to the physical side of performance. Athletes easily see they can be a bit better with their technique, or physical strength. However, not so much with their mental game. Athletes always seem to be tinkering with their physical conditioning to get more out of it, as they learn what is working and what needs to be added. So why not with the mental side?
This is an interesting question, sometimes it might be because they are afraid if they tinker things will go bad, that when things are good, it is best to just stick with what is working. Perhaps it is because it is harder to define what more they can do. Overall most athletes know what is required physically, and have a set place and time for it, but not on the mental side. Most don't understand that it goes beyond just mental skills. That part of mental performance also includes, self discovery, psychological framework, mindfulness, and recovery. All of which can continually be worked on.
Often times athletes will develop a good level of mental skills and then be done, rather than seeing that there is so much more that goes into being a great athlete, and going beyond just pretty good.
So ask yourself how are your continually working on your mental performance?
To your success,
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Kate Allgood Masters Sport Psychology (with distinction) Masters General Psychology (with distinction) Sports Hypnosis Certification Mindfulness Certification
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