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The Mental Aspect of the Game

How do you handle the mental aspect of sports?

It can be argued that the mental aspect of sports is just as, if not more important than the physical. We must keep our mind sharp to stay ahead of our competition.  However, it seems that some of us spend so much time on getting our bodies in shape, we forget to keep our minds in shape as well.  This week in the #CJJblog I start a two-part series on how to keep our minds sharp.

  • Imagery. In order to get into the right mindset, you must envision yourself being successful. Convince your brain and your mind that whatever you wish to achieve is attainable and picture yourself accomplishing it. Close your eyes and actually picture it. The sights, the sounds, the smells, everything. Once you do this, you increase your chances of success immensely. When is the last time you closed your eyes and used imagery to get into the right mindset?
  • Self-talk. You should always be conscious of what you are telling yourself. Are you a positive thinker or a negative one? When a challenge comes up, do you tell yourself you are going to fail or succeed? The thoughts you tell yourself are the first step toward the result. Say things to yourself like “I can do it” or “I like myself.” These positive thoughts will turn into reality if done consistently and properly.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and enjoys their time with family and friends. If there is anything I can help with, please let me know and I will be happy to assist.  Until our next #CJJblog, make sure you fill your mind with positivity and successful thoughts.

Life Tip #88: Failure is an event, not a person

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