How you can be a better athlete

Everyone could be better. That’s right, the David Beckhams and Tiger Woods of this world, can all perform better, with the right attitude and training. 

Whether you are an individual athlete, part of a successful team or a sports coach, having the right emotional skills to unlock a player’s physical, technical and emotional needs are paramount. 
At A Mind For Adventure we have worked with a number of athletes, coaches, rock climbers and teams to make sure they are at the top of their game.
At the very start it’s important for all athletes to know that you are free to do whatever you want to do. 
You shouldn’t be held back, restricted by anything by freeing your focus you can achieve your goals. 
One important tool we teach athletes is the technique of anchoring. You may have heard this used before in Pavlov’s experiments with dogs and simply put, it is using a stimuli that focuses emotions and a state of mind and locks it into an anchor that can be utilized when needed. 
For example some golfers use anchoring techniques on their wrists or thumb, which when touched will remind them of a helpful anchored state of mind that aids peek performance.
Sometimes, footballers and athletes find their performance has been bogged down because of a mistake, which has shaken their confidence. It is important to have training to move past this, move away from these feelings and towards your goals. 

“One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
Arthur Ashe – famous American tennis player

I have just touched on a few techniques we can use. 
For athletes to really succeed, finding the right state of mind is as essential as your performance on the field, pitch or track.

“The fight is won of lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I get under those lights.”

Muhammad Ali

Al Lane - Head of Sports Science at Oxford United Football Club