A lot of us watched the athletes in the recent Olympics. While watching the athlete's fabulous physical performances, I noticed how much they were talking to themselves. Although we couldn't hear what they were saying, one thing for sure is they were talking to themselves. The other thing I'm sure of is after waiting four years to compete in the Olympics, expending many hours in practice, competition, and travel to have the opportunity to compete against their peers.
As lawn bowlers, we also talk to ourselves, and all too often, I hear negative us talk about how poorly we are performing. Here are some examples of negative self-talk I have heard this season:
If we choose to change from nonhelpful negative thoughts to positive ones, we train our brains to respond positively to the situation we find ourselves in. Like the Olympians, you have expended many hours in practice, competition and travelled for your chosen sport, and because of our efforts, we all have many good experiences to help us.
Let us not forget that while we choose to think negatively, the opposition is playing well. Why is this? There can be many reasons why one team or player is playing better than another, more experienced, better prepared, positive attitude, positive self-talk, and hearing what you are saying about yourself. You may not consider what you are saying out loud to yourself as vital since they are your words, and you are not talking about anybody else. Well, from an opposing skip's point of view, your negative thoughts are music to their ears. Firstly, it confirms you are struggling; secondly if you do not believe in yourself or your teammates, the opposing skip will not believe you can win.
POSITIVE SELF-BELIEF IN SPORT
Written by Gobinder Gill
We have seven weeks left in our season. I hope you can challenge yourself to begin moving towards a positive self-talk model. Where do we begin?
The club coaches will share some ideas and thoughts on lawn bowling by offering suggestions that may increase your enjoyment while playing on the green. The ideas and suggestions presented in the Wick are based on credible material from worldwide bowling associations and coaching programs. Let the coaches know what you think of the tips provided.
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