It is our minds that are most instrumental at determining our successes, and mental conditioning helps to build and strengthen our minds. Our accomplishments are not solely based on talent and/or hard work, but on mental strength. It is our thoughts and beliefs that guide to our emotions, which in turn lead to our behaviors and actions, and ultimately performance. Mental conditioning can help attain the mental strength necessary to achieve the challenging goals you set for yourself.
Mental conditioning can help with;
- Positive thinking
- Self confidence
- Mental Toughness
- Focus and concentration
- Relaxation and stress reduction
The main psychological factors that can influence sports performance are stress, anxiety, and self-confidence. Mental conditioning helps you create a clear focused vision of what you want, establish belief it can be accomplished, and develop mental fortitude to achieve it.
The first step in achieving a goal is believing you can achieve it. If road blocks are placed in the way of your goal, mental toughness can help push through them with conviction and confidence. Mental conditioning can help in maintaining a positive focus on your objectives through imagery and visualization. Visualization can also be a powerful tool for increasing self confidence.
Most of us put up psychological barriers that interfere with our performance and limit our success. Mental conditioning can help you learn to stop any negative thoughts that arise and replace them with a positive affirmation. This positive thinking not only leads to positive actions, but also to a higher self confidence and self esteem.
Mental conditioning also encompasses relaxation techniques that can help relieve anxiety and tension to improve performance through better concentration and focus. There are also many other methods for building skills to produce mental toughness and focus.
Focus and concentration
Relaxation and stress reduction
Author: James Kelly September 2011