When it comes down to winning, any athlete will tell you that psychology plays a big role in success. But just as it takes practice to get to the top of your game, win big in eSports betting or be the fastest on the track, a winning attitude also takes time, effort and energy.
Imagine the positive
Your imagination is a powerful tool, and you can use it to visualise positive images during your workout or whilst competing. For example, while running, imagine a huge magnet pulling you faster, or while lifting weights imagine the weights are attached to wings and they are soaring up as you lift them.
Whenever possible, speak positively. We all tend to focus on the negative and speak out when things are not gong well, but try and swap this around. Only let positive statements come out your mouth, and even if you haven’t had a great day training, be positive about the fact that tomorrow will be better, and at least you have trained today!
Don’t give up
If your body is not doing what you want it to or you feel like you have trained too hard, don’t quit; just tone it down a bit. Even if it means you go for a leisurely walk, you haven’t given up, you’ve just changed pace or direction. If you say you are giving up your body believes you, so rather just say you are changing gear!
Focus on the now
Practice being present and focusing on the here and now. Do not dwell on what has happened and what may still happen, rather look at what’s happening right this minute. Constantly beating yourself up about past mistakes or worrying about what will happen tomorrow is not a good mind-set and can put a dampener on your training and your performance.
Go for the advantage
Wherever possible, see everything you do during your workout or training session as being to your advantage. For example, if someone passes you on the track, see if you can use their energy to push yourself a little bit further and catch up, you may just surprise yourself and find your second wind.
Set small goals
Big goals are great, but small goals are goo too. Set yourself an immediate target and see if you can meet it. This way, you always have something to work towards and will feel like you are accomplishing something. You can think of smaller targets as milestones that fall along the way to the main goal.
Forget the outcome
Yes, you may well be working towards an end result, but during your workout or while you are competing, forget the outcome. Focus on the process and on what you can do to make it even better, or make yourself faster or improve in one area or another. In the end, the only way you can change the outcome is to change what you put in along the way.