Are you aware of how you talk to yourself during competition and training? Are you aware of how you talk to yourself in your daily life? Self Talk is the way we tell ourselves if we are doing well at a task, if we feel we are doing poorly at a task and sometimes even to remind ourselves of an event. Most times the difficulty with self-talk is the negative aspects of it where we are telling ourselves how incompetent we are and how we are never going to get it right. The side effects of that discussion with ourselves is generally disastrous. With those words we can crush our confidence all on our own without anyone’s assistance.
How to Use Self Talk
The goal of the self talk activities is to assist you in changing the negative self-talk into positive self-talk. For example changing a sentence like “I am an idiot” to “I am going to get this right no matter what” The change of focus to a more productive one that is designed to have you moving forward in your progress is not only more productive but its funner too.
Record your self-talk and use it to change any negative statements to positive ones and then record your progress with those statements. Look for the positive. Gain insight on how you regularly talk to yourself while in your sport environment or even during your daily activities. You would be amazed at how the way you talk to yourself while off the field comes with you onto the field.
We are not used to being aware of the words we use with ourselves when something good or bad happens. Think about the last awesome event that happened for you. I be you said something like “YES!” and you felt great as you said it. Think of something that you did that you were not happy about and what you said and how you felt after that.