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Gymnastics ArticlesThe Athlete Warrior: 10 Principles for Becoming a Champion Part 1
By Alison Arnold Ph.D.
- Set a goal for each training session. Even if it's a small one.
- Create a list of words describing the athlete you want to be this season. Examples of words include, motivated, determined, confident, fearless, etc.
- Visualize or repeat verbally the correction you want to implement before the next turn.
- Notice negative self-talk. Keep a strong hold on what you are saying to yourself.
- Practice "actor skills". Change your face, body, and energy level to create confidence.
- Become more aware of who you are and what you do.
- Notice your thoughts and feelings.
- Focus on your breathing. It's the mind/body connector.
- Notice when you are stuck in past or future thinking.
- Use drills to pull your mind back to the present.
- Learn to differentiate between "tight mind" and "loose mind".
- Use key words to anchor the mind during routines and skills.
- Observe your thoughts without getting emotionally caught up in them.