Showing posts from June, 2021

Social Comparisons and Self-Confidence

As an athlete, your self-confidence can be affected by the way you compare yourself to others. This is especially true in the age of social media. Many athletes struggle with self-confidence due to social comparisons. So how can we better maintain our self-confidence as athletes? Some people say that the solution is to just stop comparing yourself to others. While this can helpful at times, it's not always possible, and sometimes it can even hurt our development. As athletes, we often need to compare ourselves to others to know how much we've improved and what we need to work on. Without this feedback, it can be hard to gain the information and motivation that is needed to improve. And sometimes, comparing ourselves to others can actually improve our self-confidence. As you can see, comparing yourself to others isn't bad in itself. It depends on how you do it. Here are five tips on how to better use social comparisons to improve your self-confidence. 1. Most importantly, y

Book Review: Limitless by Jim Kwik

Limitless by Jim Kwik is one of the most helpful self-help books I've read in a while. The premise of the book is that we can transcend our perceived limitations by learning how to learn. Kwik provides a very practical model to help give you the tools to learn better and reach your goals. This model has three components: mindset, motivation, and methods. We need all three of these things to reach our potential. Any limitation that is hurting our progress stems from one of these three factors. Either our mindset (attitudes) is holding us back, our lack of motivation is holding us back, or the methods we use are holding us back. With the proper mindset, motivation, and methods, we can learn and accomplish almost anything! The first factor of learning that Kwik writes about is mindset. Your mindset includes the attitudes and beliefs that you hold about yourself, others, and the world. Perhaps the most important attitude is your belief about what is possible or what you're capab

Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear is one of the best books I've read all year. Unlike other self-help books, Atomic Habits isn't just full of cliches. It provides sound scientific advice on how to change your behavior for the better. In this book, James Clear gives you the four fundamental laws of habit change along with dozens of helpful tips and inspirational messages. Here is what I learned: First, it's important to understand the power of habits. Habits, or the things you do on a daily basis, make up the foundation of your success. It is the little things you do every day, such as waking up early, eating healthy meals, warming up your body before working out, training hard, listening to your coach, thinking positive, studying film, and going to bed early that add up over time to create great results. Having one great day full of good habits won't make a big difference in your improvement. Perhaps one great day will only make you .05 percent better. But if you're co

Trust Your Instincts

In order to play your best in games, you need to trust your instincts. Instead of trying too hard to control your movements, you need to quiet your mind, relax, trust your muscle memory, and allow your body to do what you've trained it to do. If you do this, you'll execute your skills much better than if try to take conscious control of your skills. This is because your motor skills are stored in the subconscious parts of your brain. Your conscious part of your mind doesn't know how to execute your skills nearly as well as your subconscious mind. If you try to consciously control your skills while under pressure, your movements will be clunkier and less coordinated, and as a result, you'll perform poorly. For most athletes, this may seem like common sense. We've all experienced being "in the zone" at times, when we play our best without thinking too much. We know that overthinking and trying too hard hurts our performance, but we still do it anyways. This