Even the best athletes forget from time to time that having fun can be essential to their success. Yes, fun. Fun is important.
When there is pressure on you to perform week in and week out, it’s easy to get overly Type A and forget that you’re here for the love of the game. Fun is number one.
Athletes who enjoy their sport are able to keep things simple. They don’t over-analyze or over-think their sport. They value fun. They understand that fun is the point of playing a sport, no matter how high up you they get.
Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella said, “You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.”
How can you have more fun AND perform well?
Set a goal to enjoy your next next sporting event. Yes, your goal is to have fun.
Friends make sports and exercise more fun. If you usually work out alone, try training with a friend.
Music can also help in your workouts and your pre-game routine. Listen to songs that make you laugh and remind you of good things.
Simply smiling will help you have fun. If you make yourself smile, you will get more of the chemicals you need to be happy.
Setting a goal to have fun can save you from choking. When you enjoy the process, you are less likely to over-focus on performance and things you cannot control.
When fun is the number one, athletes are able to get into the flow and perform at their best.
In sport and health psychology consulting, you learn the mental toughness secrets for winning that champions know. These practical strategies you can use today to be a confident, mentally tough athlete or coach. Plus, it’s fun. To learn more, contact us at 561-325-8363 of at Info@SummitPerformanceConsulting.com .