It’s no secret that a positive mindset can help you perform better at your job, but it can also help you perform better in sports. The mental side of things is just as important as the physical, and it’s not just about having confidence. Being aware and mindful of your thoughts and feelings can lead to a higher energy levels on and off the ice, field, court etc., which can ultimately lead to peak performance.
Peak performance can be understood in the following equation: Performance = Potential – Interference.
Interference represents stress reactions which can be influenced from the following areas; spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, social and environmental. Stressful thoughts distract by taking your focus out of the present moment where the game is being played, and into the past or future.
Potential, represents your knowledge, skills, and talent. It is also where connection to creativity and intuition is possible in the frame called the ‘now’. It is in the now that “the zone” is found and peak performance is experienced.
There are several ways to learn how to manage stress thoughts so they don’t get in the way of your performance. One method is through mindfulness techniques like guided, or silent meditation. This helps you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, which gives you more control over them. Another option is using breathing techniques like controlled breathing or deep breathing exercises before or during practice sessions or games. This helps calm down any anxious thoughts before they have a chance to interfere with your focus or concentration.
COR.E Performance Dynamics is a measurable, systematic approach to zone access and peak performance. By being more aware of what creates stress reactions and learning the ten disciplines of a high performer, you will be able to create a success formula that will not only help you be more aware but provide you tools that can be used effectively in your personal life.
In the end, the more aware you are, the better you will be able to manage stress thoughts, which will improve your life and sports performance.