#185: Athlete Tip: How to Give Yourself a Competitive Advantage In Your Sport

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Have you ever thought about the impact your mind has on your game?

Those moments when you’re putting in the effort on the field, yet things start to feel a bit shaky when the pressure kicks in. 

Well, today’s athlete tip episode is all about unraveling the secret to competitive advantage – the mental game. No need for warm-ups; let’s dive right into a question that strikes a chord with many athletes: Just how much of your sport is truly mental?

Shifting Your Mindset: The Game-Changer

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of gaining a competitive advantage, let’s take a moment to appreciate the power of mindset. Recently, an athlete in our Elite Mental Game Program shared a game-changing revelation. Instead of constantly comparing herself to others, she started focusing on enjoying every moment and her personal improvement. The result? More fun, better performance – simply amazing!

The Mental Game Percentage: How Much Does It Matter?

Here’s a question for you, athletes: What percentage of your sport do you think is mental? Research suggests it’s a significant factor, influencing how you handle pressure, respond to mistakes, and approach the game. So, let’s debunk the myth that it’s all about physical prowess.

The Physical vs. Mental Training Dilemma

Sure, hitting the gym and perfecting your skills on the field are crucial, but here’s the deal: every athlete does that. You’re not special just because you’re putting in extra reps. To truly stand out, you need to go beyond the physical grind.

Training Your Mind: The Game-Changer

So, what separates the best from the rest? They invest time in training their minds. It’s simpler than you might think, but it requires dedication and a solid plan. Here are a few simple yet impactful ways to get started:

  • Master the Art of Bouncing Back

Learn how to quickly bounce back from mistakes. In the Elite Mental Game Program, we teach a technique called the ‘snapback routine’ – combining a deep breath, a reset word, and a reset gesture. This helps regulate your nervous system and refocus your mind on the present.

  • Focus on Your Capabilities, Not Limitations

Train your brain to find reasons why you are capable rather than focusing on your limitations. Identify one thing you’re grateful for after each practice, acknowledge your strengths, and focus on continual improvement.

  • Visualize Success and Breathe

Harness the power of visualization. Before practice or competition, spend a few minutes picturing yourself excelling. Combine this with intentional deep breathing to enhance your performance, especially in nerve-wracking situations.

Why Mental Training Matters

No matter how physically fit you are, your mental game is the secret sauce. Imagine two athletes with similar skills, work ethic, and talent. The game-changer? The one who can swiftly recover from mistakes and handle pressure with ease.

The Bottom Line

If you’re ready to step up your game and gain that competitive advantage, mental training is the key. It’s a choice you won’t regret. Our signature program, the Elite Mental Game, is open for enrollment. Check it out at https://elitecompetitor.com/athlete for more details. So, train that mind, and I’ll catch you in the next episode of the Raising Elite Competitors Podcast!

Episode Highlights: 

[00:00] Giving athletes a competitive edge through mindset shift. Tips for athletes to focus on enjoying their sport and improving personally, rather than comparing themselves to others.

[01:28] Mental preparation in sports. Learn more about the mental aspect of sports, with a focus on the importance of mental preparation and resilience.

[03:06] Mental training for athletes to overcome mistakes quickly. The importance of quickly recovering from mistakes in sports.

[04:30] Mental training for athletes. Elevate your athletic performance by prioritizing mental training—overcome pressure, focus on strengths, visualize success, and utilize breathing techniques for a competitive edge.

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