Writing helps you to learn about yourself. It helps you become more aware of and in tune with your mindset. It is incredibly important that you know yourself well physically, and mentally. You want to know exactly where you stand so that you know exactly what you need to do to improve.
Writing can help you analyze your performance and organize your thoughts so that you can focus on what matters. There are many “journal drills” that you can do to increase your confidence, motivation, and mental strength.
As you are preparing for The Open (or any other event), you want to feel ready and prepared. Answer the question below for this writing exercise and stay with it for at least 5 minutes. I understand that it might feel weird for some of you who don’t journal, but just start with bullet points and brief notes.
- What have I done differently this past year to improve as an athlete? (look at all factors; mental, physical, nutrition, training, recovery, rest, etc.)
Answering this question will help you to take a deeper look at all of the positive changes you have made over the last year. It will help you improve your confidence because you’ll be able to reflect on how hard you have been working and on what sacrifices you have made.
If you really want to make sure that you’re mentally prepared, check out The Mental Edge Program.