- The person who is a winner within has a dream. It has been said that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Imagination is like life’s previews of coming attractions. Pursue your dream with passion and fervor. Say ‘Yes’ to hard work and commitment to excellence and “No” to time wasting activities.
MVP’s are committed to their goals. They live their lives on purpose. Muhammad Ali once said “I hated every minute of training, but I told myself, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion”
Look at the word “responsible” in sports it should read “response-able” that is to say MPV’s choose the best response to any given situation no matter how tough. As human beings we are gifted with this skill, it’s inherent. In between stimuli we have the freedom to choose our response. Become response-able about your progress and great things will happen.
- Openness to Learning and Growing.
An MPV turns weakness into strength. “Kaizen” in Japanese culture means ‘constant daily improvement’. We don’t grow old; we get old by not growing. I cannot stress enough the importance of this core principle. Perhaps the first step on this life-long pursuit should be to improve your mental skills.
A positive mental attitude is essential to becoming an Elite athlete. Learn from your downs to significantly improve the ups. Remember Andre Agassi winning Wimbledon after dropping down the world rankings, this is a great example of an MPV performance.
No one can outperform their self-image. Athletes with inner excellence, like Rob Wiggins (2012 winner of the Tour de France) believe in themselves and their abilities. No one can take away your self-esteem without your permission. Have the courage to grow up and fulfill your potential.
- Emotional Control.
Learning from your response triggers is crucial to performance. When I work with clients I often teach ‘Knowing your numbers’ that is to say we all have a recipe for peak performance and gaining control of our emotions is one way to win. I can teach you how to channel the energy you get from emotions and make them work for, not against you. MPV’s remain calm when all around others are losing it.
- Act Like a Champion.
An MPV looks at obstacles are opportunities. Dan Gable was so good in his weight class that he needed to wrestle other fighters that were heavier and stronger than him. When he lost the NCAA title (his only loss in 119 fights) He resolved to become un-beatable and in the 1972 Olympics he won gold without conceding a single point. When Dan went on to become a Coach at Iowa State the Win’s kept coming. His recipe for success was Mental Toughness – a staple of every champion.
- Those with Inner Excellence Possess the Backbone of Character.
They practice good sportsmanship. “Success without honor,” Joe Paterno said, “is an unseasonal dish; it will just satisfy hunger, but it won’t taste very good” Gene Stallings said “You can’t do wrong by doing right”. While that may sound trite, it’s true. Pick people up and never put them down. Live a principle centered life because if you don’t stand for something you can fall for anything.
- An MVP is Persistent and Patient.
Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t let others dissuade you. Hang out with people who stoke your fire. I see myself not as a “Shrink” but as a “Stretch” coach, that is to say I help clients to take calculated risks which leads to goal achievement.
Ten More Steps to Excellence are Included Below.
In this module you will learn
- Knowing why you’re playing sports
- Setting goals and a plan for achieving them
- Training your body and mind
Know What Motives You
You need to know what motivates you so that you can get through the tougher challenging times. Why do you play your sport? Is it because you love the thrill of competition? Do you do it to be part of something large – Scholarship?
Maybe, you love being the best at something? Or even, to prove the naysayers wrong? I wanted to be a Professional and I reminded myself of that when I acted like an amateur – powerful stuff.
Define Your Goals
Your goals should inspire you to get better on a daily basis. Carry written reminders of them and start everyday dreaming what it would be like to achieve them. I tell my Professional clients to write Performance and Outcome goals.
Performance goals are something you can control they take action. I have asked top college hitters to have 4 quality ‘At Bats’ rather than ‘I’m going to get two hits every game.’ Focusing on quality at-bats is an action goal. The outcome will take care of itself.
It has been said that to have a wonderful life you need three things:
- A clear vision – your dreams
- A well – aligned compass – your values
- Milestones to visit along the way to your ultimate destination – your goals
Set An Action Plan
Your dreams and goals are important, but without an effective plan, they will remain dreams and goals rather than accomplishments. Part of the reason many athletes don’t accomplish their goals is because they don’t have an effective plan. When you set a plan aligned to your values you dramatically improve your chances of success.
Improve Gradually and Consistently
Success in sports can be a long time coming. Think about how good you are now compared to your skill level a few years ago. You’ve made tremendous progress, but there’s always room to grow and improve. Success in any endeavor takes time and hard work. If you are looking for immediate gratification, sports aren’t for you.
Sure, things can go very well, but you may go months without seeing improvement or rewards for your effort.
Top athletes and coaches know this, and they still work every day to become their best. They take daily steps towards reaching their long-term goals.
If you can simply work a little bit better tomorrow, and so on, you will notice dramatic improvements over time.
Evaluate Who You Are
In order to decide where you would like to go, you first have to know where you are right now in four crucial areas:
- Physical: You need to consider the components of your sport the way a Pro does not like an amateur. Get objective feedback from trainers, coaches, teammates and from my perspective the most important – a Sports Psychology coach for without the solutions we provide you may never reach your full potential.
- Skills: Evaluate the most important skill set for your position and seek feedback from others who are experts in that field.
- Tactical: Evaluate the amount of time you spend mentally preparing for a game, this can include footage of your competition as well as visualizing each and every play that you need to make. This gives you an edge over your opposition and sometimes in tight matches that edge is what makes the difference.
Train Your Mind Daily
Daily mental training is one the most ignored parts of becoming a better competitor. Why? Because most athletes and coaches don’t know how to train their minds. They know how to improve their athletic skills and fitness levels, but they were never taught to train their mental ‘muscle’ your brain is your Mental Gym!
Please remember this; your mental ‘muscle’ is like every other muscle in your body – the more you use it, the more effective it works for you.
Keeping a journal is one the best ways to train your ‘Mind Gym’ every day. You use them to track all of the pertinent areas of your physical and mental practices and results that occur. I can design and teach you how to create your journal FREE call me anytime on USA: 513 828 9134. International 0191 3006365.
Training physically is where you spend most of your time and rightly so – but make sure you are training in areas most important and necessary for your success. It’s no good having huge biceps which look great at the beach if you want to become a PGA Tour player.
Focus on your strengths and make them your competitive weapons. Develop your weaker areas through mental practices and drills so that they are an effective component of your arsenal.
It is true that we love to work on the things we are good at but it has also been suggested that growth comes from adding new strings to your bow.
Tweak Your Methods
If you want to be a better competitor, you need to be able to evaluate and adjust your methods as you go. As a competitor, you want to stay ahead of the pack, which requires you seek out every opportunity to get better.
"The most successful athletes, coaches, and leaders are ones who are always seeking to learn, grow, and improve…"
Develop and Maintain Your Fitness
‘Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers’ – Michael Jordan
The more fit you are the more confident you will be. Confident athletes compete better and more fiercely! If you feel good about your body and know that you can outlast your opponent, you’ll feel more confident.
On the other hand, if you aren’t sure you’ll be able to perform your best; your confidence will take a hit. Contact me to learn how develop Self-confidence that will last a life-time.
Seek Out Pressure
A key aspect of being a better competitor is the art of performing when it counts. One of the main reasons that Olympic and Pro Athletes come to see me is because – even though they have amazing skills and can perform well in practice they struggle to perform well when it really counts.
Mental imagery and custom MP3’s are a wonderful combination to practice high pressure situations in your mind that lead to amazing outcomes on the pitch that is because done correctly your mind does not know the difference between imagined and reality.
So, actively seek out pressure whenever and wherever (Mind Gym) you can. Put yourself in positions where you have to perform when something is on the line. If you practice under pressure you’ll perform under pressure.
Professional Golfers wager with each other on the Putting green. Pro Soccer players see who can hit the cross bar from a certain distance. Tour de France cyclists have sprint races within team challenges to see who is best therefore, who they will all work for in big stage races where a sprint finish is expected.
Written by Brian Alderson
Professional Psychology Coach for Sports and Life.
Call Brian at 513 828 9134 or email BAPPC@outlook.com
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