The state which we feel that we perform at our best with confidence is our ideal performance state. Also referred to as “flow” or “the zone” this ideal performance state is almost like things happen so smoothly that you even lose track of time. Nothing is going to distract you and you are ready for anything.
Ideal Performance State Ingredients
With so many potential stresses in sport the ability to control emotions is crucial. Getting to the finals is very exciting and being able to maintain your composure as you are preparing for the competition can be a difficult task. The first thing that needs to happen is………. stop! Look around and see where you are….. how did you get there and what needs to be done for success in the situation….. now time to relax, refocus and use your cue words to stay focused and believe in your abilities knowing that you are going to use your mind as well as your body for success.
What about that official you see arriving to the site that you know has missed calls in the past and does not always have control of the game. AAAAAAARRRRGGG!!! Well its the same thing. Stop…… look around and see where you are….. how did you get there and what needs to be done for success in the situation…. now time again to relax, refocus and use your cue words to stay focused and know that this is something you have no control over and you will do what you have control over and execute.
Game preparation is crucial to good skill execution in sport. The ability to arrive at the playing field feeling confident and ready to compete will play a big role in the results at the end of the day. this is where your Ideal Performance State comes in.
This can include making sure you have all your gear in your bag and making sure you have eaten before you leave the house. You would be amazed at how often that is forgotten. Your mental training components of readiness are a little more specific.