Understanding Your Mind
Champions are made, not born.
Starting these Sport Psychology posts at my BLOG I hope to lit the fire in you to become curious about your mental game and yourself. I was make you ask the questions you may not know the answer (for now), and that is ok but you will begin to dig deeper exploring and creating your very own answers.
Creating consistent discipline to train your mind daily to believe that you belong at the top will allow you to perform at the highest level week in and week out. The key here would be for you to believe that winning is a habit and that mental focus and practice are even more important than technical training. Bear with me here, I will explain it in a moment.
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being,
you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life – Abraham Maslow
Try the impossible
The debate continues, whether it’s in business or competitive sport: How much of one’s performance is based on physical ability, and how much of one’s performance is based on mental acuity? And probably we could give ten thousand answers but as I see it (and my judgement is backed up by research based knowledge of other psychologists), I agree with Dr. Stan Beecham that “the degree to which one performs and the level of success one achieves is 100 percent mental. Why? Because the mind is in control of the body.”
Mind over Matter
Your brain is the software, your body the hardware. Simply put, your body does what your brain tells it ot do or what your brain thinks your body is capable of doing.
As you know, the mind is divided into two major categories: the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious mind is the part of your brain you are aware of. This is why you think, plan, solve problems, and experience emotions. The unconscious mind is powerful determinant of behaviour. It houses what you believe – that is, the things you hold as truth. Unfortunately, most of people are unaware of their unconscious mins and the beliefs they hold to be true. Beecham explains that typically, while we are keenly aware of what we think and feel (conscious), the majority of us have very little understanding of what we really believe about ourselves and the world about us (unconscious). And this is where performance shortcoming arise. What you believe about yourself and your world is the primary determinant of what you do and, ultimately, how well you do it.
PC Weronika Trojanowska
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