One of the reasons why sport psychology is valued and increasingly recognized is that often all the discoveries in this area, obtained in the course of technology can be used in other areas of life. So what lessons from sport psychology can each reader take? Even if you are not an athlete, you can use the methods of self-development below, which are used by the best team players and athletes.
1. Why am I doing this?
Barely we will find an athlete who can’t answer this question. Why do you play sports? What for? What do you want to achieve? What do you expect about your career in general? And in 5 years? This season? We will always get an answer to such questions from a professional athlete.
Think about whether you can also answer these questions. Setting goals correctly is the area in sport psychology that can be described endlessly. Because there are countless methods and approaches to this issue. However, to get started it is enough to think and write down your goals for the near future. And then decide on the most important goal that you would like to achieve during the life.
2. Every experience matters!
Even if you look from the side, it is obvious that an athlete’s career is not just a series of successes. Failures happen no rarely, and even not more often. Athletes sooner or later realize that failure is an important part of their sports way. Living through them, a man can draw conclusions for the future, to understand what must be improved and what to work on at the next training session.
One way to effectively draw conclusions is to keep the journal. In sports, it is a notebook where after each workout or competition, athlete write what did he do well, and what to improve next time. This practice brings many benefits. This allows to better know yourself and your abilities. Determine how close the goal is and see the progress made over time. All this helps to improve your own efficiency.
3. How to learn faster and more effectively
The training diary that has been mentioned is one of the ideas that can be used for faster and more effective learning new things. However, this is not the only way to achieve this goal in sport psychology.
In the process of learning something new, also useful techniques such as internal dialogue. Its essence is to talk to yourself and give yourself the appropriate instructions.
We can also use visualization for this purpose. To do this, you need to imagine how we do the necessary actions.
4. Emotions and stress
The last two techniques can also be used to manage your emotions and overcome stress.
Different types of relaxation techniques are an important part of working with athletes. At the same time, sport psychology do not try to completely relieve the client from stress and emotions, but only learn to control them. Thus, emotions and stress help in achieving goals.
It is difficult to give general and brief advice on managing stress and emotions. Probably the easiest and at the same time the best advice is just to observe and note reaction to different things. If we understand better how we react in a particular situation, we can use it in the right way. However, you also need to develop your aonsciousness.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help
No wonder professional sports are engaged in teamwork. It is worth noting that even if it consists of only one athlete and a coach – it is still considered as a team. Although at the moment it is a rare situation. In most cases, the team also includes such people as doctors, physiotherapists, instructors, various assistants, even financiers and managers, managers for manager, doctor assistant financiers… and so on, and so on. Even if the whole team works for successful results of one person we see on TV, they still work together. They’re team.
And each team has specialists from different fields who can not replace each other. Players need a coach, at least to have someone can look from aside and note mistakes, help to do the thing right. The athlete needs all the other specialists mentioned above so that he does not have to do everything by himself and think about everything at once.
In the end, every athlete receives advice from more experienced sportsmen, experts in their field. And so he develops himself, becomes more experienced and better. This is a really important skill. Don’t be afraid to ask advice from others, more experienced people- or even just watch how them do the things.