Those dang annoying son-of-a-gun mistakes.
They ruin everything. One mistake turns to two, then turns to three, then ruins your life and you want to crawl in a deep dark hole and never come out.
Top 5 question I get from girl athletes…
How do I not let a mistake affect the rest of my game?
Before I give you the answer, I’m going to tell you a little story. It’s good… or bad.
Honestly, it’s hard for me to remember really specific times I struggled to let go of a mistake. Mostly because there were TOO MANY times it happened.
I remember it going down like this though…
I made a mistake. Let’s say this one was a strike out.
In that at bat, I probably got pissed at the umpire for making some bad calls, took extra hard practice swings because I was angry, you get the point here.
I strike out, start making the walk of shame back to the dugout and as I pass my teammate who is going up to bat, I give her a limp high five (super encouraging for...
We so desperately want to help our team win, right?!
So desperately, that we put this enormous amount of pressure on ourselves to perform.
And then… we fail.
Because we are crushed by the pressure.
I can remember very clearly going up to bat wearing my purple Northwestern jersey…
Walk up song blaring
Runners in scoring position
And thinking… “I have to get a hit. I hope I can get a hit. What if I don’t get a hit?”
And this sinking, gut punching, let-down-everyone-feeling came over me.
And then… I carried that onto defense. And the next inning. And in the locker room after the game. And all the way back to my apartment where I bawled, wondering when I would ever be good enough. Or when I’d finally get that hit in the moment my team needed me.
I have worked with manyyyyyy girls on the mental side of the game now and one of the fears that they have the most is…
They are afraid to let...
I am positive that a huge part of my success this far in life is because of who I surround myself with.
Here are a few groups and people that I have put myself around to be successful, inspired, supported, pushed, and motivated…
Mom and Dad
Crossfit Incendia (led me to my first 2 jobs, boyfriend, and current coach)
The Inner Circle (Group Coaching Program I am in by Amanda Walker)
Mindset Coach Collab Girls (Kadee, Shay, Jill, and Sam)
My closest friends
These groups and people have made a significant impact on my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I wouldn’t be going where I’m going without them.
Who you spend your time with MATTERS!
If you’ve ever spent time with anyone or any groups that bring you down, make you feel small, or leading you in the wrong direction… you know why this MATTERS!
At church one week they talked about how...
Don’t think of Taylor Swift.
What are you thinking of right now?
Probably Taylor Swift! Maybe even singing your favorite T-Swift song!
Guilty of telling ourselves what we don’t want to do.
When we are trying to improve and make adjustments we tell ourselves things like…
Don’t drop your shoulder
Stop being late
Don’t mess this up
These are all great things to know, but you don’t want to be thinking…
Don’t mess this up, don’t strike out, don’t swing too late when you are up to bat because that usually ends up with big ol’ strike out!
Change the way you are thinking about your adjustments.
Tell yourself things like…
You’re ready for it.
I can do this!
See the difference there?!
Now you are in the right mindset to actually make the adjustments you want to see!
This is a really...
I get this one a lot!
Girls are always asking me how to get more motivated?!
So, if you’ve ever thought or said this before…
I just don’t feel motivated.
I would rather just stay right here relaxing.
Ugh, why can’t I get motivated to do this?!
Then, you should keep listening! This is for you!
Motivation is tough.
It comes and goes.
Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it just disappears.
Motivation comes from these things…
Let me go deeper here.
Planning: If you have a plan of action (aka writing it down in a planner/agenda) you are more likely to be motivated to GET IT DONE!
When you aren’t feeling motivated, it’s going to be written down and you will more likely push past that resistance and lack of motivation to GET IT DONE!
Accountability: Surround yourself with people who keep you accountable, push you, make you a better person. Make sure the friends you are with are motivated ones!...
I know, it totally sucks, right?
All you type A, perfectionist, control crazies (by the way, this is me too) are annoyed with this.
But, what if I told you letting go of the outcome will make you a [email protected]$$ athlete?!
I listened to a former MLB pitcher, former MLB coach, former college coach, ANDDDD former high school coach and he said…
“Once that pitch was out of my hand, it was out of my control. I could have thrown the most perfect pitch and the hitter could get a hit.”
Ain’t that the truth.
Let it go.
Do everything you can IN YOUR CONTROL and then let it go.
Give it up.
That sounds almost bad, huh? Give it up.
But, the thing is, you can only control what you can control.
And it’s definitely NOT the outcome.
You can control…
I made a decision my senior year (the first three years were rough hitting).
I decided that I was going to give it my all.
I decided that I was...
Are you afraid to talk to your coaches about playing time?
I know I was terrified to go into my coach’s office for our individual meetings. Not because they were bad, it’s just this thing about talking to the head coach that makes all of your decisions (which feel like your life depends on them at the moment).
This is something we just talked about in my programs because it’s REALLY important.
It’s important to know how to talk to your coaches about this sensitive topic.
Let’s talk playing time! This one is BIG!
My rule of thumb is, the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
If you don’t tell your coaches what you want, they might not ever know!
3 things when talking about playing time…
It HAS to come from YOU!
When it comes from you, all it’s saying to your coach is that you are passionate about this goal of wanting more in a certain position.
Right time, right place is important.
Don’t talk to your coach about...
Have you ever made that one mistake and all the sudden it feels like the world is ending?
Or… that one mistake led to 5 more mistakes.
Or… you make that mistake and it’s all you can think about for the rest of the day?
I feel ya girl!
And I’ve got YOU!
I teach my girls in my program these 4 steps to confidence after a mistake…
Just knowing that your thoughts are starting to spiral to a destruction and having the mindfulness to be like, “Paige...it’s happening, shift your thoughts.”
Ask yourself these 3 questions.
What did I do well?
What did I not do so well? (this is the easy one)
How do I get better?
See the lesson in your mistake. Learn from it. Use it as fuel. Use it as a tool to get better and move forward. Tell yourself what you ARE actually capable of!
Pro tip: this is where affirmations come in!
Example: “This was one mistake. I’m a powerhouse. I can hit...
When I have the first conversation with a mom or dad about what their daughter is struggling with on the mental side of the game, I share with them how I can support them, but the best part of the calls are…
When that mom or dad says…
“I’m so excited about this program because I know this will be so much more than softball (or volleyball or soccer or basketball)!”
That’s when I know a family is a perfect fit for my program, The Confident Athlete.
When we figure out that we are more than just an athlete… INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPEN!
Incredible things like…
How the heck do you figure out that you are more than just an athlete though?
It starts with you.
It starts with asking yourself…
Who do I want to be?
How do I want to show up?
What are my down-to-the-core values?
What do I want to be known and remembered for?
How do I want people to feel?
*This is what I did my senior year of...
You have to fight em’
The negative thoughts are going to come up.
“You suck at this.”
The self doubt will creep into your head.
“You aren’t good enough.”
The fear will sink in.
“You can’t do this.”
So you have to fight back!
Question the out of your thoughts.
1 When those negative thoughts come up, you have to start questioning them.
When you are thinking, “I suck at this”...
Ask yourself these questions…
Is this true?
Is this 100% true?
Do I really suck at this? All the time?
Does this define who I am?
You will start to challenge your negative thoughts by asking these questions.
You will start to disempower those negative thoughts.
You will start to realize what is ACTUALLY true.
2 Use positive affirmations.
Create positive, confident, empowering statements!
I am strong.
I am confident.
I am worthy.
I am capable.
I can do anything I set my mind...