Mental training is a great way to improve your game. I have seen, through my several years of experience, that athletes and coaches are hesitant to start mental training because they might be seen as weak or incompetent. Mental training is something top level athletes and coaches are using to not only improve their weaknesses, but sharpen their strengths. Here are 35 reasons why you should start to train your mind like you train your body.
You want to improve the mental side of your game.
You just got injured and want to use mental training to help your recovery process.
You are in a slump.
You are going from middle school to high school sports.
You are going from high school sports to college.
You are going from college to the pros.
You would like to play college sports but need to improve your game.
You get nervous during big games.
You want to be a better team player.
You want to gain a training edge on your opponents.
You are looking to improve your communication skills.
You are struggling with motivation.
You do not enjoy sport as much as you once did.
You want to know why everyone keeps saying, “Trust the process.”
You want to explore the inner workings of your mind.
You want to improve your attitude.
You are looking to build confidence in your abilities.
You want to know how to play in a game like you do in practice.
You are looking for strategies to help you improve your concentration.
You want to understand how to manage your emotions.
You feel like you choke under pressure.
You’ve heard that mental training has helped someone else, and you feel like it might help you.
You need help setting realistic yet challenging goals.
You have trouble communicating effectively with teammates or coaches.
You want to build a routine to help with performance.
You heard about mindfulness but don’t know what it is.
You are having a mental block.
You have the yips.
You do not understand why you are not winning anymore.
You are thinking about quitting your sport.
You want to improve your leadership skills.
You are looking to become a more consistent athlete.
You feel pressure from others.
You feel pressure from yourself.
You know the mental side is just as important as the physical and you want to be the best you can be.