Athletes are physically fit and focus more on physical fitness everyday to do their best. However, is physical fitness enough to succeed? Not really!
Sports is not always physical. There is another face of sports that not every athlete realizes. And those who do, certainly succeed, and are classified as elite athletes. The secret formula that many young athletes fail to see is the psychological side of sports. Mental power and mental training are a vital part of sports training. It does not really matter which sport you are into; mental training is important. I bet you have heard this everywhere! Your coach, your parents, your friends, and everyone would have told you, at some point that sports has a mental and psychological dimension to it. Do you know why it is important, and what happens when you actually practice it? Let us have a look!
The Human brain is the best supercomputer that ever has existed. Yes, really! We pour our credits to scientists who created rocket, and robot. But never credit the mind and the power of mind that led to the invention. Our minds are so powerful that we could achieve even the impossible. Scientists have identified that we become what we believe. They even gave it a name. The Law of Attraction!
The Law of Attraction is simple and yet powerful. You simply attract what you believe in. If you believe you will succeed, you will succeed. If you believe you will fail, then of course you will fail. When you do not believe in yourself, why should others believe in you? So, it is as simple as that. You attract what you believe in.
In sports, your mindset and your preparedness to win matters the most. When you compete, you compete against the best. Every individual you compete against are well trained, equally talented as you are, and could even be stronger than you. You never know!
But remember, the one who wins the game is someone who is trained both mentally and physically.
Mental training is something that will help you in being consistent with what you do. It provides a boost in confidence and brings the competitive best in you. Though you are an athlete, you are still human. You could be well trained, and yet, there is an emotional side of you. Controlling this emotion is what makes you a better athlete. Learning to keep your emotions away when you play will help you focus better on the game and be a good team player.
Sports psychology teaches you just that!
Only when you train with these components, you are training entirely. Many coaches would clearly tell you that sports is 90% mental, and the rest is physical.
Let’s pretend for one moment, you are a basketball player. You practically breathe basketball. You train so well, that dropping the ball into the basket has become something as simple as washing your face. When you play, the basket just attracts the ball like a magnet. You don’t need to think! You basicall