Performers can use the following 10 steps to success when preparing for sport.
Step 1 – Attitude – develop your attitude and become positive in outlook
Step 2 – Set process goals – to help you reach your end goal
Step 3 – Know your opponent(s) – know their strengths and areas to improve
Step 4 – Mental toughness – prepare mentally for each game (and training session) to develop focus and direction
Step 5 – Inspire – make sure that you are inspirational and inspire those around you at all times
Step 6 – Dedication – be ready to make the extra sacrifice needed to be successful
Step 7 – Concentration – be focused throughout
Step 8 – Confidence – portray confidence to your team mates and make the opponents see that you are confident. Use positive body language throughout
Step 9 – Cope with demands – relish the demands placed on you
Step 10 – Enjoy – make sure that you enjoy what you do at all times
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About Gobinder Gill
Gobinder is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and Research Methods at Birmingham Metropolitan College in the West Midlands.