How much do you beat yourself up after you miss a lift or struggle with a movement? Most athletes have been guilty of saying harsh things to themselves…some way more than others.
Berating yourself for messing up is obviously not great for your confidence. You may not even realize how quickly your self-talk turns negative after a mistake, and how much it impacts your ability to perform.
Try these 2 tips and see if you can improve your self-talk after a setback or mess up.
1. Think about what you would say to a teammate or a training partner if you were coaching them. The same words that you would say to that person, you might want to start saying to yourself. – “It’s fine, you were really pushing your limits, that’s why that happened, now get up there and try it again.”
2. Think about what a positive coach would say to you (or has said to you in the past). List a few of his/her coaching cues or statements that have worked for you. Write these down in your journal so you can memorize them. – “Shake it off, you’ve got this, just focus on the next set.”
- Stop beating yourself up for a little error or mistake and pick yourself up by using positive coaching statements.
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