Peak Performance: Sports and the Mind
a roll, in the groove, runner's high, whatever you choose to call it,
Sports psychology and the mind/body techniques used by professional
can help us all perform at our best, and stay in the zone. Peak performance
is something that is not simply for elite athletes. You may play a killer
game of racquetball, or run 10-K's for fun, but chances are just as
likely that you have a big presentation coming up, a job interview to
prepare for, or perhaps you simply want to be at your best for your
kids this weekend. Sports psychology and the mind/body techniques used
by professional athletes can help us all perform at our best, and stay
in the zone.
are some tips:
pep rallies are becoming a thing of the past. Practice mindful breathing
exercises before engaging in your event, and concentrate on quieting
your mind as well as your body. If you are not relaxed, everything
you attempt will be a struggle.
on the moment at
hand. If your mind strays to past or future worries, or even to the
dinner menu for tonight, gently bring it back to present task. All
your concentration is on what's happening 'right now'. Keep your energy
trained on whatever comes your way.
- Stay open
to all the possibilities. Invite success in, rather than
the perfect race or play. Run it in your mind like a movie. See yourself
executing the moves with finesse, grace, and ease. You are in control
and in charge. You can replay the same events multiple times, or try
going through your strategy once a day for several days before the
big game. Having a clear mental picture of what you are striving for
is key to reaching the zone.
- Have fun
truly in the zone is to recapture the feeling of a child at play,
completely immersed in their activity with little sense of time passing.
Remember what got you involved in the first place, and what your sport
gives back to you, that you can't get anywhere else.
those times when
it all comes together. By noting what worked best for you, you may
find it easier to duplicate peak performance in the future.
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