I talk a lot about how we can tell ourselves these positive things and be positive, especially in those really hard moments when we just want to tell ourselves crappy things.
In my program, I am challenging my girls to practice their positive self talk. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
Duh, practice makes perfect right?!
Okay, so positive self talk practice looks like a lot of things though…
1. Opinions Exercise: Where you write down someone else’s negative opinion of you or your own negative opinion of yourself, CROSS THAT CRAP OUT, then rewrite your own powerful, positive opinion that actually matters because remember, you opinion matters the most!
2. Affirmations: These are STRONG, CONFIDENT, POWERFUL “I am ___________” statements.
My own example:
3. Telling yourself positive things: Yes, simple as that. Practice telling switching your negative thoughts to something positive.
Guess what, this is HARD WORK! The las thing I want to do when I suck at something is tell myself…
“You’ve got this, Paige.”
“It’s okay, go get the next one.”
It’s OKAY. It’s okay to feel pissed off, frustrated, mad, sad, whatever it is. This just means you CARE. This just means you are PASSIONATE. This just means you want to be BETTER, the BEST! That’s all it means.
So, instead of just being positive, rah rah, I love me after we mess up, we are going to be PRODUCTIVE.
Here’s what it looks like.
I’m up to bat. I have some really good cuts. I foul some off. I feel like I’m on it. But, then I swing and miss a change up. Ugh. At first, I’m pissed because I went up there and I failed. I didn’t get the hit. And I’m frustrated, angry, annoyed, all the negative thoughts and feelings, right?!
Remember, that’s okay. This is the time to take a time out and be PRODUCTIVE.
What I mean is have some self reflection, ask you self these things after messing up…
“What did I do well?” So, I felt like my hands were on point and on time when fouling those pitches off.
“What did I not do so well?” I didn’t read the changeup.
“What did I learn from that?” Next time I’ll expect the changeup better.
“How do I get better moving forward?” I’m going to be aggressive and make connection in the first few pitches.
Then… MOVE FORWARD!
The athletes that can overcome failure and move forward the fastest are THE BEST OF THE BEST. Let’s get better at overcoming our failures using positive self talk from day to day, game to game, play to play, moment to moment.
You’ve go this, girl!
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