Is Your Head Getting In The Way of Your Performances?
So what kind of a head do you have on your shoulders? Are you competing at the level that you’re capable of? Or do fears and self-doubts paralyze you right before you drop in or race and then prevent you from performing to your potential?
Do you regularly perform better in practice than you do in important competitions? Are there particular opponents who you consistently lose to who have no business beating you? Are you the kind of boarder who regularly steals defeat from the closing jaws of victory?
If some of these questions bother you, then you probably already know how critically important the mental part of your sport is. If you want to take your performance to the next level, then you have to be willing to take your training far beyond where most snowboarders stop. Most serious athletes in this sport religiously work on the physical part of the sport. They’ll work on their fitness and strength. They’ll work on the proper technique and new tricks. Is this stuff important? You betcha! You can’t become successful without first “paying your physical dues” in this way. Hard work is definitely one of the main keys to your success. Without it, you’ll quickly fall behind the competition.
Unfortunately, this is where most snowboarders stop. When they go into their competitions, they hope they’ll perform well, they hope that they’ll have their “A” game with them today, they hope that they’ll win. You would never leave your strength, conditioning or technique to chance. So why would you leave the most important part of your performance, the mental part to chance?
Think about this: Getting good as an snowboarder in practice is 95% physical and 5% mental. However, once you line up against your opponents or right before you drop in, the percentages flip flop! Being successful is then 95% mental and 5% physical. You have the conditioning, strength and proper technique, now you have to make sure that you stay calm under pressure and keep yourself focused on the right things.
You have to believe in yourself and have the self-confidence to focus on yourself and not your opponents when you’re under pressure. You have to be able to handle last minute negativity and self-doubts. You have to be able to master your fears.
With a little work, these mental skills as well as a few important others can be systematically trained to the point where you develop the reputation as a mentally tough snowboarder. My CD program, The Best Mental Toughness Training Program for Snowboarders (ON SALE NOW!) will take you to the next level!
Are you struggling with performance anxiety or a slump? Do you consistently perform better in practice than when it counts?
Dr. Alan Goldberg is an internationally recognized expert in the field of performance enhancement. As a Sports Performance Consultant, Dr. G works with snowboarders at every level helping them overcome performance fears and blocks, develop mental toughness, better handle competitive pressure and perform to their potential. Dr. G writes on the subjects of peak performance training and mental toughness. He is the author of the revolutionary new book, "This Is Your Brain On Sports," and over 30 other books and CD programs. Check out his most popular program- Mental Toughness Training Package for Snowboarders-Special Savings.