February 24, 2016 2 min read
It is a busy time of year for water polo athletes. National teams are training and competing for spots to make the Olympic roster. Club teams are finding their rhythm for training cycles for summer winter, spring, and summer competitions. High school girl’s championships are reaching their peak. European club teams are fighting for playoff positions in their respective leagues. Even outside of water polo, high school juniors and seniors around the country are working on positioning themselves to gain acceptance into their universities of choice.
With all of this opportunity to realize goals, missions, and dreams come a lot of pressure, stress, and anxiety. Imagine the challenge coaches, parents, and athletes feel in order to perform up to their potential when the stakes are so high.
There is a difference between those who are successful under the threat of adversity and those who are swallowed up by the wave of distractions. Elite performers create mental and physical action plans they have tested throughout their athletic journey. They know they have those tools in their tool box when they need them.
Hope is not a strategy, have a plan.
Turn hope into action by adding some structure to what you want to accomplish. Adding structure takes a level of intention in actions that is well planned out. Finding peak performance is mostly about developing an awareness of moments when the mind is consumed by the pressure and distractions from the environment and then developing a release mechanism to detach from that “noise” and redirect attention to the present moment. All great performance occurs in the present moment. Below are some ideas for coaches, parents, and athletes to plan their release from debilitating nerves. Choose what works and remember to preview the right time and place for when it would fit into the game:
If you are interested in one on one mental skills coaching or for team building, you can contact Brian Alexander via email: Alexander.firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.athletementalskillscoach.com. Also follow him on Twitter @BA_POS_MIND on Facebook (Athlete Mental Skills Coach) and LinkedIn.
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