In the relentless pursuit of peak physical prowess, we often neglect a crucial element – the mind. It's that silent force that speaks in the face of adversity, cheers in triumph, and occasionally succumbs to the whispers of self-doubt.
Here lies the true game-changer: your attitude. But let's be clear, this isn't about forcing a smile or reciting empty slogans. It's about cultivating a deep understanding that in every situation, whether it's a hurdle, heckler, or heartbreak, you have the power to choose your response.
This "champion's choice" attitude is the superpower that distinguishes good athletes from the truly great ones. It's the unwavering belief that, even when life throws curveballs, you're the one holding the bat. It's the quiet confidence that whispers, "I may not control the situation, but I control how I react to it."
So, how do we build this mental resilience? Let's explore three (and a half) ways to foster an attitude that allows you to own your response and, consequently, own your game:
1. Reframe Your Lens: Life is a narrative, and you're the author. Cease seeing challenges as roadblocks and reframe them as opportunities for growth. Missed the goal? It's not a failure, it's feedback. Tough opponent? They're not a threat, they're a worthy test. This shift in perspective empowers you to choose a proactive, solution-oriented response.
2. Befriend the Frustration: Frustration (and all its friends). Yes, even anger, disappointment, and doubt have a place in your journey. Don't try to suppress them; acknowledge them. Understand that these emotions are natural, fleeting guests. When you accept them without judgment, you rob them of their power to dictate your response.
3. Practice Gratitude, Daily: It's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of "more," neglecting the beauty of "now." Cultivate a daily gratitude practice – jot down three things you're grateful for, big or small. This simple act rewires your brain to focus on the positive, priming you for a more optimistic and resilient response to challenges.
Bonus Half-Tip: Celebrate the journey, not just the destination. Take pride in your effort, your progress, your unwavering spirit. This self-appreciation fuels your intrinsic motivation, allowing you to choose a response of persistence and joy, even in the face of setbacks.
Remember your attitude is your compass, guiding you through the storms and towards your goals. Choose wisely, choose proactively, and watch your "champion's choice" attitude propel you to new heights.
To your success,
Envision • Execute • Elevate
About: Kate Allgood is educated in the field of applied sport psychology. She holds two Masters degrees in psychology where she graduated with distinction. After a very successful hockey career, she has spent the past 14 years working one on one with high school, college, Olympic, and professional athletes to help them with their mindset, mental performance and mental skills training. Kate has also been a consultant for professional teams, including the Anaheim Ducks primary minor league affiliate the San Diego Gulls, to help the team and players develop their mental game. It is important to note that while Kate has graduate school training in applied sport psychology and general psychology, she does not diagnose or treat clinical disorders, and is not a licensed psychologist.
**The information provided is not to dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of any technique, either directly or indirectly, as a form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems, without the advice of a physician. The information provided is only to offer information of a general nature to help you in your quest for high performance. If you know or suspect you have a health problem, it is recommended you seek your physician's advice.