Peter Benedict, St. Andrews Graduate Shares His Tips for Achieving Mental Preparedness in Sport
For Peter Benedict, a St. Andrews College graduate and sports trainer, being mentally prepared before a big game is winning half the battle. And in sports training, mental preparedness helps the athlete perform their routines well, and done regularly, achieve their desired results. In this post, Peter shares his tips for achieving mental preparedness which will serve the athletes well before, during and after training and games.
In my previous post, I talked about the importance of being mentally prepared not only in the athlete’s actual sport but also in his or her physical training sessions. I’ve mentioned it numerous times to my clients; they need to be mentally prepared so they can perform their fitness routines exceptionally well—sometimes even to the point of surpassing their previous ‘record’. And mental preparation is a daily habit; something you do consciously until the habit becomes so ingrained in you that you do it automatically before a training session or a big game. Here are three key components to mental preparation that I’ve talked about with my clients, and which I hope, will help you as well.
1. Set a goal. There’s nothing like getting in the zone than keeping your eye on your goal. For this step, I usually help my clients out by discussing with them what they wish to achieve with every training session and after we’ve completed a specific training program. First, there is the physical, body goal: toned abs and pectorals, and a slimmer, trimmer physique. Then there is the physical performance goal: enhanced strength and agility. By keeping your eye on the prize, so to speak, you feel an increasing determination to persevere until your goal is achieved.
2. Have the desire to succeed. Now that you have set your goals, what are you going to do to achieve them? Do you wish and hope that you can achieve them someday, or do you desire to achieve them come what may? You see, there is a huge difference between hope and desire. When you hope, you act to achieve your goal but you are usually dependent on external factors, waiting for things to fall into place just for you. But when you desire to achieve them, you don’t wait for things to happen or for circumstances to be favorable; you take action in the here and now regardless of what is going on in your life.
3. Motivate yourself everyday. There will be days (and plenty of them) when you won’t feel like getting up early in the morning to meet with your trainer and work out for the day. Find motivation—something to inspire you to get up from bed and train. Your goals are, of course, your ultimate motivation and inspiration, but sometimes, even these aren’t enough to compel you to train. You need to find something to motivate you every single day. And sometimes, simple things like telling yourself that “today is a great day to train” or “today brings me closer to my goals” are enough to get you started.
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