We will delve into the science behind sports psychology, exploring concepts such as motivation, goal setting, visualization, and self-talk. By understanding the underlying principles that drive peak performance, you will be able to apply them effectively in your own athletic pursuits, whether you are a professional athlete, a dedicated amateur, or a passionate recreational sports enthusiast.
To improve my confidence I forced myself to look in the mirror and give myself compliments. This took time but eventually I was looking at a much stronger person in the mirror than the one looking in.
Confidence comes from repetition and experience. Compare yourself to how far you've come, stay focused on yourself and keep working on those repetitions. Over time, experience will come and confidence will grow.
To gain more confidence in anything, including college, the key is to do the work and gain experience. This will build your confidence and help you succeed.
When preparing for the 2000 Olympic trials, I had to deal with fear of success. I had to come to terms with being capable, worthy, and powerful enough to be an Olympian.
To develop mental toughness in swimmers, coaches should put them in uncomfortable and challenging situations daily, and also competitively race each other during practice. This will prepare them for race day and bring out the best in them.
Learn to cope with pain by confronting it head-on and embracing the feeling of being uncomfortable. Don't be reckless when it comes to pushing your body beyond its limits, but understand that some pain is necessary for growth.
What motivates me in practice is being challenged. I need my coach to challenge me, make me think, and push me to the edge. This is what motivates me and I hope it motivates you too.
There is no off-season when it comes to swimming as you are competing all year round. However, take the break to do other activities such as surfing to stay active and get away from the pool. The motivation should come from you wanting to get better and that thought of who you want to be in the future should always remain and that's the thing that gets you out of bed.
Maurice Greene's advice was to always act like you're number two, even if you are number one.
After a bad race, allow yourself to feel bad about it. Take some time to analyze the race and figure out what went wrong. Don't carry any negative emotions into your next race and focus on what you need to do in order to improve.