It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen – Muhammad Ali. Let’s take a look at the mental side of your game and how you can develop the champion’s mindset.
What Role Does Attitude Play?
Attitude is the key source for peak performance. We need to develop a list of power phrases or positive personal affirmations to ignite our inner champion. We must make sure each statement is meaningful so it really speaks to us. Then we need to write our statements down on index cards and read them for a mental boost as needed. The more often we repeat our power phrases with meaning and conviction, the more concrete they will become in our minds and allow us to manifest change in our lives.
Champion Power Phrases for Personal Affirmation
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. – Henry David Thoreau, author and philosopher.
Keep to the present tense in creating a personal affirmation. For instance, say, “I am” rather than using the future tense, “I will become.” WHY? Because we always live and perform in present time, not in the future. The subconscious mind does not recognise the future; it only understands the here and now. Here are some power phrases that you can repeat to help you perform at a champion’s level:
- I think, feel and perform as a champion.
- The next play will be my best play.
- I play with purpose and passion.
- I quickly forget mistakes because all athletes make them.
- I have the courage to face and overcome my fears
- I am the player who is best prepared
- I will go through fire to accomplish my goals.
- I strive to be my best in all conceivable ways.
- I bring it every day.
- I start strong and finish stronger.
These power statements will serve as the perfect foundations for creating that mindset of a Champion.
To perform at a champion’s level, you must possess and therefore need to cultivate a champion’s mind-set. The aim of these past few posts is to provide an increased understanding of the mental side of your game. Now you have at your disposal the mental imagery, confidence and focus, for creating a champion’s mind-set to achieve consistently higher levels of personal performance.
Following the exercises and recommendations provided to build a rock-solid mental approach to your game. As a result, you will manifest better on and off-field performance.
What is your secret to having a Champion’s mindset? Do you have a favourite personal affirmation?
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Excerpts taken from “The Champion’s Mind – How Great Athletes Think Train and Thrive by Jim Afremow PhD. ISBN 978-1-62336-562-2 – An excellent read from a leading sports psychology consultant and licensed counsellor.