1️⃣: Studies show those who are in a threat state perform worse than those who are in a challenge state.
See each performance as an opportunity, a challenge rather than something that must go right or else…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2️⃣: Everyone feels nerves. Nerves are a natural bodily reaction which helps us.
They help to keep us sharp and fast. The key is being able to control nerves and use them to your advantage, not leaving them get the better of you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3️⃣ : Confidence comes from evidence. Find evidence of your abilities to overcome challenges. Do this by continuing to be brave and challenge yourself with difficult situations.
When you consistently step up with courage to take on difficult challenges, you will find evidence of your capabilities i.e Confidence⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4️⃣: There are very little things you can control about your performance. It is liberating that you need to only really focus on controlling your preparation, your thoughts & work rate/effort.
Everything else is out of your control including how you perform, so let it go and take comfort in knowing there are only 3 things you truely control. Not your opponent, not the score, not the situation etc etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5️⃣ : Research states, athletes who link their results to their own self worth, not only perform worse but also suffer long term with mental stress. You are not the sum of your wins/losses. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
6️⃣ : Underperforming mentally can be essentially boiled down to overthinking. Overthinking = body and mind are out of sync, which leads to “choking”.
Learn to control your thoughts and focus on simple, controllable objectives. The best way to reduce overthinking is being more present in the moment. I would encourage you to look into this as it’s own project!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I hope some of these tips help you to perform at your best
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