If you are not training a competitive mindset in practices, you will not have an elite competitive mindset in competitions. This week’s blog post is all about adapting a competitive mindset in training because we all know that the way we train is the way we will play.
Let’s start with imprinting a simple way of thinking, whenever you “need to do something,” say that you “want to” instead. Making this quick change will automatically program your brain to do what you want to do instead of what you need to do. The brain sees “needing” to do things as a chore whereas, “wanting” to do tasks comes from the motivation within the person.
A training mindset is usually something we “need” to do to be able to compete. What if the brain was programmed to look and handle training as a different kind of competition? The goal is to program the brain to believe that the “needing” to train is a “wanting” to compete before the actual competition. Wanting to practice allows you to fail and get better before it is time to shine on the big stage.
Every single athlete longs for the competition, the desire to do well, grind and ultimately win. However, when there is no win, the desire to get better has to develop in training. I know I emphasize the importance of “goals” in my blog posts, but this time I want to take a step back, just for this blog post. I want to explain how these few strategies can help you create a competitive mindset in training. Focus on these strategies and the goals that will come with them.
Find one thing that you want to change (it could be an exercise/food/routine and change it.) Do it three times a week for a month. Goals can sometimes be intimidating and hold us back from performing, but the change of perspective, finding a new “normal” state in training can make the “fun” competition time on the floor a lot more comfortable. Let me give you an example; let’s say you start doing that additional exercise 2-3 times a week after every conditioning/strength/gym session. Ultimately, your new “normal” level for training will become with that additional exercise. If you then, after a month, remove that additional exercise, you will notice that you have created a new “normal” level.
Treat mental exercises as if they were weight lifting sessions.
What do I mean by that? Exactly what I wrote; weight lifting of some sort is crucial. In every single sport where physical activity is involved, so should mental training. Yet, mental training always comes the last place in the rankings. For example, constantly saying “I can’t do this” or “I won’t make it” is like feeding your brain failure. Every single athlete knows that if you do not strengthen your body, the body is more prone to injury. The same goes for mental exercises; if you do not exercise the brain the right way, you will injure yourself mentally, burn out or break yourself. Ultimately, create a desire to train and get better to play games better. Challenge yourself, create new “normal” states and treat mental exercises with the same importance as weight lifting sessions.
Until next week, figure out what motivates you to get better? If you have a hard time, take a look at my blog post on finding your WHY below. Your WHY will be the answer to why you want to get better 🙂