This Part 2 of a videos series to help youth athletes perform under pressure…
Craig, the Mental Toughness Trainer shares some simple strategies that youth athletes can use when they are performing under pressure.
The first step is to Master the FEAR by being in the present moment. Think about it, FEAR in sports does not exist in the present moment. It gets developed by thinking about past mistakes or worrying about possible future failures.
Any time an athlete feels fear, they need to get into the present by directing their attention to the 5 senses..feeling the floor under their feet, hearing the noises in the room, seeing their teammates playing the game…. This can be very powerful, if practiced regularly. It can be done anytime and anywhere, especially at crunch time in competition. If used consistently, the pressure starts to fade away.
The next strategy is to understand that “It’s an AND world.” What does that mean? It means that the athlete accepts what they are feeling and doesn’t fight it.
So how do you do this? You say to yourself something like: “Wow, huh, look at that, I’m feeling pressure, that’s interesting. Well guess what… I can feel this pressure AND come through with a stellar performance. I can feel this fear AND still do what I need to, to win.”
All of us have experienced times in our lives, where we have felt scared AND did it anyway! Well saying the word “AND” allows your mind to just go with it instead of fighting it.
Believe me even the greatest athletes in the world feel pressure AND they still go out and win while feeling it. You can too.
So I hope you can now see how important it is to learn, develop and practice your mental toughness skills. Now these strategies will work, but to really see big changes in your athlete’s performance, it is critical they get this knowledge from their heads into their bodies.
To make this happen, I created a special “Master the Pressure” guided visualization for your athletes. Let them listen before their next big game or event and watch their performance skyrocket! Click here to get this game changing .mp3.
Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer