What does it mean to confident? Realistically, it doesn’t mean being on top of the world and in control of everything and having a grip on all outcomes of all situations, it is just a matter of giving yourself credit for your work and your abilities and being OK with not being able to predict the future and the uncontrollables.
Every person, every athlete has their own approach to confident, positive self-talk. We have touched on methods, techniques, tools, tips and exercises of how to use and cultivate your own self-talk ways, but now let’s take a look at some Olympians and compare and contrast their own unique approaches.
Below are some quotes from an article on The Washington Post by Shana Lebowitz, featuring some of the World’s Best Olympic athletes in their desired disciplines.
Allyson Felix tunes out distractions.
The 30-year-old track-and-field star told Sports Illustrated:
"When I am walking out to the blocks, I'm just extremely focused. I'll see all the cameras flashing and I'll just be, like, unaware of it all. I don't hear any noise around me. I'm completely just dialed in to what I have to do."
Kayla Harrison imagines the perfect game day on repeat.
In the 2012 Olympics, Harrison, now 26, became the first American to win gold in judo.
She told The Washington Post that she takes 10 minutes every night to visualize herself heading to the Olympics — from waking up in the morning to listening to music on the way to the competition to the match itself:
"I picture myself bombing the girl in the final and standing on top of the podium and watching the flag go up and feeling the gold medal go around my neck and hugging my coach. I visualize all of that every night."
Lexi Thompson calms herself with happy thoughts.
"When [my life coach and I] get together, he'll hook me up to a monitor to measure my relaxation. If I think about something that gets me hyped, my heartbeat shoots up. When it starts to spike, he has me take a deep breath and think about something that makes me happy.
"I'll think positive thoughts like 'You're blessed' or 'You're talented,' and instantly see changes in my heartbeat.
"I put this breathing technique into my routine out on the golf course. Before I hit a shot, I'll visualize the shot I want to hit to get rid of all negative thoughts. I have to maintain a positive mindset because golf is 80 percent mental."
Think about what types of things surge your energy, YOUR power and how you can store those for in times of need.
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