The sporting world tends to be filled with cliché phrases that have been passed down from generation to generation, there is a good reason for this, often they’re inherent truthful. When your athlete or team is facing a great deal of adversity and they no longer know where to turn, these simple strategies can help them to leave adversity in the rear view for good.
1. One Game At a Time
Yes, this phrase has been used by pro athletes who are trying to make it through a post-game interview without saying anything inflammatory. That does not make it any less useful of a strategy for teams and athletes who are struggling. Taking the focus away from the big picture and allowing your team to spend its time worrying about nothing more than the next game is extremely beneficial to their psyche, especially during moments of adversity.
2. Think Positively
Our mental tape recording has a nasty habit of playing messages that do not help us in any possible way, and these messages tend to crop up most during moments when we are faced with adverse circumstances. That’s why it is on us to swap out the current tape that is playing inside of our heads for a new one, a tape that provides us with positive messages and reminds us of how talented and skilled we are.
3. Creating a Helping Environment
Athletes are inherently competitive people and these instincts can even seep into the way that a team relates to one another. While a starter may not want to help a backup sharpen their game, it is crucial for a team to create a culture where everyone helps one another. Losing a key player before a big game is a form of adversity, but when everyone helps each other, the next man is able to step up with supreme confidence.
4. Focusing On Past Achievements
There is only so much that a coach or parent can do to convince their athlete of their abilities. When an athlete’s back is up against the wall and it is time to come out swinging, the best way to bolster self-confidence is to take a moment and remember your past achievements. Doing so will erase the self-doubt that is keeping them from success.
5. Celebrate The Minor Victories
When it comes to minor victories, there is nothing wrong with celebrating the incremental steps that you will take along the road to becoming a champion. Sports glory is not always about the destination, it is about the journey and taking the time to celebrate the smaller victories will only make your arrival at the destination all the more sweet.
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