4 more steps to creating a winning sports mentality
You attend every training session and play in every match. You eat well, drink enough water and get enough sleep. You are working on your goals and action plans, but somehow you are still not feeling like a winner. Here are four more tips on how to create a winning sports mentality.
Be your best
1. When your coach sets you a skills drill, think about what you can do to not only complete the drill but also add in other skills to make the drill more realistic. Going the extra mile shows that you are motivated to win and are not simply making up numbers. Checking out what the top athletes in the country do can be an eye-opener when it comes to seeing what it takes to be the best. Organisations such as the English Institute of Sport (EIS) showcase what they do to help Team GB at the Olympics, for example.
2. Whether you win or lose, each contest is an opportunity to improve not only your motivation levels but also your skills and mindset. After each competitive game, analyse what you did well, what you can improve on, what you contributed to the team, how well you communicated, and how you behaved as a team player. Give yourself a score out of ten and work out what actions you need to implement to boost this score.
Practice makes perfect
3. If you want to succeed in any sport, you need to spend time visualising yourself performing the specific skills you need in the right way. While it would be great if you could train with a personal coach on a daily basis, real life dictates that you will have to do some of the work by yourself. This is where soccer drill videos from resources such as sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp come in. Plan time to watch these videos and then close your eyes and imagine that you are starring in a video doing exactly the same drills and demonstrating them perfectly. When you are on the pitch, remember what you were doing in your own ‘movie’ and practise these skills.
4. Find out what the best players in your sport do, then copy them! If they have a signature move, try it out for yourself and see whether it fits your style of play.