Mental Strength Tip: Confidence Equals Concentration

I remember interviewing a world-renowned sport psychologist, Dr. Alan Goldberg.

Dr. Goldberg worked with the UConn Huskies basketball team when they won the National Championship over Duke.

Needless to say he knows his stuff.

Dr. Goldberg suggested that your confidence is determined by what you are concentrating on.

For example…

Do you see the distractions in the stands?

Does your mind wander from place to place; looking at the guys walking around the stadium or checking out the cute girls courtside?

Or, do you think about the way you double-faulted on that last big point?

Causing doubt, fear or worry

Or, do you concentrate single-mindedly on the task at hand, and let your training habits take over?

Dr. Goldberg discussed an interview he conducted with champion swimmer Mark Spitz, who said, ‘…training is 90% physical and 10% mental.  After all, you gotta pay your training dues and prepare correctly.  But then …

‘Competition is 10% physical and 90% mental’

Trust your training and learn to concentrate on the here and now.

’till next week,

Your team at Mental Strength

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