This year I experienced my first ever ‘scoring slump’, where I went six games in a row without scoring.
It’s tough to admit, but my slump quite devastated me.
My teammates just laughed. “You can’t be seriously upset. Slumps are normal. You’re just spoiled. Get over it.”
Not helpful, right?
At the same time, the mental toughness training I was doing was not helping me much. This was a bit embarrassing since this is my day job!
Our next game was the final of our city championships. Before I knew it, we were in triple overtime, and my team passed me the ring.
I looked up. A breakaway!
I had a breakaway on the net, and if I scored, we would WIN our city championship against our arch-rivals.
Piece of cake, right?
I raced to the net and took what I thought was a deadly, winning shot.
Nothing! Nada. Zilch. Zero.
The goalie made a save and stuffed me like a turkey at Thanksgiving.
I was horrified and dumbfounded.
What on earth was going on?
Not only was my slump now extended to seven games, I just had the PERFECT chance to score and win the game for my team…and blew it.
Fortunately, we won the game. But, I could not erase the image of this failure in my mind.
At first I pretended to myself that everything was fine. “I took a good shot and it was just bad luck.”
But somewhere inside me, I knew that this failure was NOT a fluke.
Maybe you can relate.
Have you ever done everything right on the surface, yet still things don’t feel right, and you manage to come up just a bit short? And, what’s worse, you can’t pin down what’s wrong?
I decided to come clean.
I dug down deep into my heart.
I finally realized that due to a series of events I won’t bore you with, my self-image as a game-winning sniper had been weakened this year.
To the naked eye, I was the same player, doing all the same things. But inside, I didn’t feel like a complete, take-no-prisoners winner who could dictate the outcome of a game.
For the next week, I tried a several methods specifically designed to create an image of myself in my mind as a talented, unstoppable, WINNER.
Here are a couple of things I learned along the way…
I’ve found that whenever we’re dealing with a mental barrier to winning or performing lights out, it’s tempting to not face it and try to con ourselves into believing it’s something else. “I was extra tired.” “My team isn’t passing to me.” “I didn’t use the right strategy.”
I think we do this because we’re scared to admit the mental barrier…we think it’s shameful or impossible to overcome.
There’s an easy way to get around this…Just eliminate your “excuse” and if you still aren’t getting the wins you should be, you KNOW your mind is tripping you up.
Example: if your teammates aren’t passing to you, then the very next game, don’t pass for awhile – shoot when you have a good scoring chance. If you still aren’t scoring, chances are you have a mental barrier or self-image problem you need to clean up.
If deep down you have the self-image of the underdog, get your mental ducks in a row by deciding to handle this once and for all.
Start by realizing that every athlete who has “broken through” was also intimidated at first.
Mark Tewksbury, one of the greatest swimmers of all time, says that when we first visualized winning, it was positively scary for him.
He had to imagine beating his HERO, legend Matt Biondi, and it was quite a shock.
Most athletes don’t realize this shock is normal, so they let it prevent them from seeing themselves as a winner.
Once you accept that thinking of yourself as a dominant winner is out of your comfort zone, it will be easier.
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If you are ready to make yourself a champion, I strongly recommend you do some mental toughness training for sport. It will allow you to stay the course through the obstacles and setbacks you must forge through in order to become a true superstar, winning, champion athlete.
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