2-Mindsets That Will Make or Break Your Game Winning Performance
Everybody talks about mindset, but very few really know what it means. You’ve probably heard that the key to success is a ‘winning mindset.’ That’s not true.
The fact is you need two very different mindsets to get ahead, stay ahead and ultimately win consistently. I’m talking about a Training Mindset and a Playing Mindset. Each is very different from the other.
The training mindset is very analytical. It figures stuff out. You use this mindset during practice, strength and conditioning training and during your technical skills drills. Checkout the following.
5-Key Steps of a Training Mindset.
1. Get Clear: Get very clear on the unique details of your sport and your position. The ones that are necessary to outsmart and outplay your competition. For example:
– How can you perform faster, quicker and with greater speed?
– What will it take for you to improved balance or have better foot placement?
– How specific techniques will help you stay calm and confident more consistently?
– Exactly what strength and conditioning techniques are necessary to up your game?
– You get the picture. Name the details that are important to you and your sport.
2. Take Action: Once you are clear on what you need to perform at your ultimate best, now it’s time to take action. It’s time to practice and train.
3. Analyze: Without any criticism or judgment analyze your actions, techniques and training skills.
– Compare Step 1: Get Clear to Step 2: The Action You Took
– In what area do you need to improve? Even the smallest of improvements can make a huge difference in your results. When you know the answers, then you can up your game and up your consistency.
4. Adjust: Make a plan to adjust your performance and your results.
– Include exactly and specifically what it will take for you to make the adjustments to your performance.
– Be sure to include the ways you will upgrade your: technique; power; confidence; clear-thinking; and strength.
– Knowing and naming these details is very important to getting more of what you want.
5. Act Again: Now it’s time to work your plan and act again. Upgrade what you do and how you do it. Remember, you are still in a Training Mindset. You are working things out and making improvements.
– It’s not about how many reps you do. It’s all about how many reps you do right!
In your playing mindset, thinking is overrated. When you strategize a shot or play, you need to think. Then, stop thinking and play with your instincts.
1. Instincts: Why instincts? Because when you play by instinct your can think faster and with greater clarity. Your body remembers what it’s supposed to do and responds accordingly.
2. Trust: You trust yourself, your talent and your skills.
3. Expectations: You expect to play well and to be at your competitive best moment-to-moment. You expect to win.
4. Zone: You can easily and quickly get into “The Zone” where you will block out your negative thoughts, the fans and any other distractions. You are focused!
5. Evidence and Earned: You remember all of the times you’ve performed so well in the past. You realize that you have that you earned the right to be here, because of the hard work, dedication and commitment you have … first to your SELF and then to your team and sport.
Knowing these two mindsets and practicing them at the right time will catapult your performance and give you the EDGE that all great athletes look for … so you can outperform and outlast your competition!