What you Think Makes All the Difference between Winning and Losing
All sports have three aspects in common :
which focuses on strength, stamina, response time, flexibility
which focuses on the specific technical training related to the sport
which included focus, confidence, pressure handling ability, being competitive as well as relaxed to give your best.
Most sportspeople take rigorous training in the first 2 components but ignore the third vital aspect.
At a beginner’s level it is important to hone the first 2 components but when you reach a professional level, all competitors are similar in physical and technical ability, and the game changer, the difference between winning and losing, is the psychological edge, the mental state that you bring to your game.
What are your thoughts before you play your game? How do you handle setbacks during the match? How do you motivate yourself? How do you talk to yourself during the game? How do you bounce back after losing a point? How do you harness your mental energy during play? How do you maintain focus and set your goals?
It is said that 95% of all the winning is done by only 5% of the participants. So, what makes the 5% different? It is primarily the way they think or feel. The sports person’s mindset controls the performance. Performance is 90% mental.
Cultivating the mind is thus the most crucial property of winning. The mind is the game changer.
It takes time, but the good news is that the mind can be trained to think differently. We are not stuck with the mental attitudes that we have built over the years. We can develop behaviour skills to inculcate habits and attitudes that boost performance levels. Regular,consistent and systematic mental training is the fundamental differentiator between winners and runners up.