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Train the mind
You can see your mind as an muscle. The more you train it, the stronger it will be.
This means that you will need to see your mind as an instrument which can help you to perform better. To achieve this, obviously you need to practice a lot. This will be done by 1-on-1 sessions combined with exercises.
With the sessions and exercises the mainly focus will be on the subconscious part of your brain. Research shows that the subconscious part of our brain is the biggest influencer from our behavior. This is really important for performances. Because at the moments where you need to decide quickly, you will always fall back on your inner patterns. These inner patterns you can see as your beliefs on how you look at things, which you’ve been developing during everything your experiencing until now. To influence the subconscious part of your brain and make a change in your behavior, you need to start with changing your habits. These habits are the routines you have and the way you think about things.
Besides this, to reach peak performances in sports it’s necessary to play with a free mind. Nowadays there a lot of factors influencing the mind of an elite athlete. If you start overthinking, you will get caught in an negative cycle in which it’s difficult to get out alone. During sessions you will focus on controlling your mind. A thought is only a thing that pops up in our mind, the moment you start thinking about it, it will become yours and influence your mental state. Once you become the master of your mind, you will be able to regulate your thoughts and put your attention in the things which help you perform at your best.
Do you remember a match where you played so good that everything went automatically? During this match it was really probable that you were in a flow state. Athletes who were in a flow state are significantly performing better than the ones who aren’t. The bad news is that our body doesn’t have a button to switch the flow state on and off. The good news is that we can train the mind in a way to make the chance of being in a flow state really probable.
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