By:Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by projecting outcomes or final scores. Thinking about outcomes won’t help you execute the current play or shot right now.
In my work in sports psychology, I talk a lot about focusing on the process instead of end results. Good results will come from doing your job well in the process. Don’t set yourself up for failure by projecting outcomes or final scores. Thinking about outcomes won’t help you execute the current play or shot right now. A focus on final score is only a distraction that makes you nervous. In order to perform your best, stay focused on playing one throw at a time, one play at a time, or one pitch at a time. If you start to think ahead, catch yourself immediately and refocus on the next shot.
I use a simple technique to help athletes recognize they are not focused in the process and to regroup. This is called the “Three R’s”: Recognize—Regroup—Refocus.
1. The first step to changing behavior is to recognize faulty thinking. Here you recognize that you are thinking ahead about future outcomes “What if I miss this shot and the team loses?”
2. The next step is to interrupt the faulting thinking. Regroup by distracting yourself “Stop thinking about the final score or if we win or lose! That won’t help you focus on the process.”
3. The last step is to refocus on the task in front of you. You can do this by asking yourself a simple question: “What do I need to focus on right now to make this play, hit a good shot, or stay in the process?”
The goal of using the three R’s is to help you refocus on the process of execution when you get sidetracked. It’s OK to lose your focus momentarily, but good athletes recognize when they are off task and get back to playing in the here and now. Next time you notice your are not focused in the process, try the three R’s.
About the Author
Dr. Patrick J. Cohn is a leading mental game coach who consults with professional and amatuer athletes. He is the author of Going Low, Peak Performance Golf, The Mental Game of Golf and The Mental Art of Putting. For more information call (888) 742-7225. Or sign up for free mental game tips newsletter at: www.peaksports.com.
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