As a CrossFitter, you can probably name your Deadlift PR, Fran Time and Max Unbroken Handstand Walk if you were asked.
If you play sports or compete in any other events, you can probably list your personal records, athletic achievements, best games and numbers from training.
See, the more you know yourself, the easier it is to perform in a flow state. You’ll be able to make effective adjustments on the fly. You’ll find it easier to push your limits and stay motivated. You’ll have a stronger understanding of what’s possible and how to set yourself up for success.
Developing athletic awareness involves understanding yourself as an athlete, both physically and mentally. But, most people don’t even consider the mental part because they’re hyper-focused on outcome, score, numbers, percentages, records and placement. Let’s make sure that you also develop a clear understanding of your mental abilities and habits as well!
The most well-rounded athletes understand their thought patterns and can quickly answer questions about their mental performance.
Do you know if you’re prefer more of an internal or external focus style during your warm-up time?
Do you know how to switch your focus from the outcome to a process goal?
Do you know what your mental gaps are and how to fix them?
Do you know what thoughts help you keep pushing when the going gets tough?
Are you aware of what restricts your confidence or why you don’t perform like you want to on game day?
There are many other questions I could ask you to see if you have developed awareness about your mentality. For now, here are some quick tips and an instant download to help you improve.
Tips For Developing MENTAL Athletic-Awareness
- Understand How You Respond To Stress & Frustration – Learn how you typically respond to challenge and discomfort.
- Get Feedback – Ask others for input, suggestions and coaching that will help you gain perspective.
- Look For Patterns – Become aware of thought patters or habits you use that are unhelpful.
- Learn What Helps – Know what helps you become calm, centered, focused and persistent.
- Know Your Triggers – Understand what pisses you off, upsets you or causes you to get frustrated and why.
- Find Purpose – Gain knowledge about why you do things and why you avoid certain things. Know your reasons for your actions.
Want help on developing this awareness? One of the best ways to do this is to answer questions about your mental performance. You can simply think through your answers or you can journal your responses.
I’ve created a download that has over 100 questions for athletes of all types, to help improve athletic awareness. The first step of improving your mentality, is becoming more aware of your thoughts and behaviors. The better your mental game, the better you’ll perform.
Who is this instant download for?
- You, if you’re training to improve in a sport or preparing for an upcoming game, event or competition
- You, if you want to gain the mental edge on your competition and make sure that you’re getting better across the board
- You, regardless of how old you are, or what sport you’re involved in
- You, if you want to become the best athlete you can be
- You, if you’re a coach who wants to help your athletes and wants to ask the right questions
- You, if you’re a parent or significant other who wants to help the athlete in your life by asking the right questions