Have you wondered why an athlete can perform so differently in competition compared to their practice performance?
Failing to perform well in competition is the number one reason athletes seek out mental game coaching. It’s a sign that your mental game is stifling potential-when your game is tentative or cautious in competition. Many things explain why athletes struggle to perform up to their ability in competition…
These might include:
- They perform too cautiously due to fear of failure
- They fear disappointing a parent or coach and play it safe
- The want to win too badly and can’t stand losing
- They can’t trust their skills when it counts and over control
- They might have self-doubt about their skills and lose confidence
- They expect to perform perfectly and get frustrated when they don’t
These are just a few examples of why athletes don’t perform their best in competition. I know how frustrating it is to see athletes self-destruct in competition. Why would you spend so much time training to blow it in competition with a poor mental game?
What can be done to improve in competition?
- Do you just work harder and be more patient with results?
- Do you learn how to focus better the next time?
- Or do you stop and look at how your mind might be getting in the way?
With the athletes I work with everyday, they want to improve in competition, but usually focus on the wrong things.
They do not take responsibility and tend to blame other things:
- Athletes blame their faulty technique and make hasty changes
- Athletes blame their circumstances and change teams
- Athletes fault their equipment and look for newer or better stuff
- Athletes blame their coaches or parents for putting pressure on them
- Athletes blame officials for making bad calls or throwing the game
But these are all just excuses that mask the real culprit: A lack of MENTAL TOUGHNESS!
Your Confidence Coach,
Dr. Patrick Cohn
Mental Coaching for Athletes