Mental Training – Positive Self – Talk

Positive Self-Talk

“If you believe you can do something or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” Henry Ford

Thinking negatively causes failure.  Thinking positively causes success.  The power of positive words and thoughts can improve our experience in a race situation by increasing our self-confidence as an athlete. Where positive thoughts can help improve our performance, negative thoughts can hinder our mental and physical capabilities.  For example, if you repeat to yourself “I hate my sport”, you’ll feel changes occur to your body.  Now change the phrase to “I love my sport” and see what happens to your strength.  Repeating to yourself a positive thought pattern such as “I love” would improve your strength and better your performance.

Keep your internal dialogue positive. Start today… right now. Start by becoming ultra-conscious of what you say to yourself during training. Is your mind filled with cans and dos, or is it filled with cant’s and don’t?

Napoleon Hill, author of the classic Think and Grow Rich (1937) says, “The impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent.”

Athletes have no control over the negativity they are bombarded with from the outside. However, research estimates that about 95 percent of the thoughts that run through the athlete’s minds are internally generated, and we have complete control over those. If Viktor Frankl could learn to control his thoughts despite the physical and emotional abuse he receive in a Nazi death camp, certainly athletes can control either thoughts despite negativity in their environments. Control of these thoughts enables athletes to develop specific attitudes and beliefs that their minds will then turn into reality. It is RACE WEEK!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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