12 Mental Skills - Sport Performance Member Article By John Couture
Posted 03/08/2021 in Category 1 by John Couture

12 Mental Skills

MENTAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES CHECKLIST FOR ATHLETES

John Couture

 

  • Have you been developing and refining your mental skills and abilities? 

  • Have you been applying them consistently in games? 

  • What are your current mental strengths and limitations? 

  • Are you personally accountable for your mental development? 

  • What actions are you taking to get better at the mental side of your game? 


Use the checklist below to assess your mental skills.

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I. QUALITY PREPARATION---preparing myself mentally to compete, day in and day out, and over the longer term.

 

1. Perspective--- I balance my sport effectively with the other important parts of my life

(e.g. family, community, religion).

 

2. Personal Awareness---I understand and accept my current strong points and limitations, and play within myself, while working to remove limitations.

 

3. Self Motivation---I set sport -related goals that are controllable, and I pursue them with enthusiasm.

 

4. Mental Discipline---I have a solid pre game approach and game plan, which I implement with patience, persistence, and perseverance, even despite adversity.

 

II. COMPETITIVE FOLLOW THROUGH--- taking quality preparation into the game and sustaining my competitiveness, play by play, second by second, no more, no less.

 

5. Self Confidence--- I believe in my abilities to get the job done, on the field/court.

 

6. Emotional Intensity--- I keep my emotions at an effective level for me, in order to successfully execute---not too high, not too low.

 

7. Focus--- I keep my mind calm and centered on the process of performing, one play at a time, thereby preventing harmful distractions and mental mistakes.

 

8. Composure--- I cope effectively with competitive stress and anxiety, through sound mental routines (breathing, visualization, self talk, solid body language, other actions)?

 

9. Teamwork--- I communicate and interact productively with teammates, coaches, and others, and assume a leadership role as appropriate.

 

                                                                               


III. ACCURATE EVALUATION--- being honest about and responsible for my performance.

 

10. Self Esteem--- I hold myself as a person in positive regard, no matter how I perform. I do not get a big headabout things, nor do I put myself down.

 

11. Performance Accountability--- I accept responsibility for my game performance and evaluate it, in a systematic way, game by game.

 

12. Continuous Improvement--- I challenge myself to always become better, both on and off the field.


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