In the next two articles (this one and the one later this month) I would like to present the magical world of Mindfulness. Probably you have already heard about mindfulness and how it can be useful in everyday life but maybe you are wondering how can be integrated into the sports environment and sports preparation.
Have you ever noticed how the experience you have gained from sports helped you deal with some situations in life? How some of the skills you have learned through participating in sport were valuable in your everyday life situations and different roles and settings? These skills we call transferable – skills learned in one role of your life that can be used in another role of your life.
In the article from the last month “Growth Mindset and its Hallmark” were presented two terms that are widely recognized nowadays in the modern education environment but also in the field of sports performance development and improvement – the ‘Growth and Fixed Mindset’ and the difference between them.
In a sports environment, we often hear the saying “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” but in practice, many players (coaches, referees) struggle with the mentality of “I do not think I am talented enough”, or “I have tried it once and I couldn’t make it so I think that’s not for me”.
Many times, we hear how training is important and how practice makes perfect but sometimes we do not apply it in a proper way. It is not possible to accomplish something without a proper ‘training mindset’ and hours of correct repetitions. Every training session provides us (individual, crew, team) an opportunity to improve, enhance performance and get closer to our goal(s).
Nowadays, in the modern sport environment sport psychology has become more widely recognized and beneficial to many sports participants – players, coaches, referees, sport managers, instructors, exercisers, etc. While more accepted than ever, sports psychology still carries a burden of some myths and false assumptions in the eyes of some people.
The Bench player, the Reserve, the Sub, the Standby. They are not the superstars, nor they make headlines, but they are just important part of the team as their teammates are. Some of them are maybe specialists in the roles they have in their team, some of them are the youngest members still waiting their chance to play, and some of them just need more time to improve.
It is widely known how sports psychology techniques and principles are beneficial to players and their performance enhancement, but also for the other participants directly involved in the game (coaches, referees) and their performance too.
Most of us, especially during this time of the year, think about the goals we want to achieve and how to become better and more successful in what we do. We start to think about the opportunities the new year might bring and the direction of our career in the near future. It is simply in our nature, part of our daily mind flow, and our thoughts. We start to think about what we want to achieve and how to fulfil our dreams.
As much as we prepare for any game, season, or life event, the ‘game’ itself can ‘live’ a life no one expects and writes a story no one could imagine. Remember, how many times you had a plan and a vision of a certain season or a game, but in the end, it went totally different and unexpected. Every ‘game’ has its own path and life, and the lesson it teaches us.