Thinking Right…. Coach JT Ayers - Track and Field - 2011. Objectives. Importance of Positive Self Talk Training (Do’s and Don’ts) . Power of Mental Training. “(Racing) is probably 80% of your preparation. Even if you body is ready, you must have it upstairs or it just wont go”
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Coach JT Ayers - Track and Field - 2011
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
What’s down in the well will come up in the bucket
I. Practice Only Strengths
A. Everyone likes what they do best
B. To Improve - must correct your weakness
C. Who can Help?
“A chain is only as
strong as its weakest link”
II. No Definite Goals
A. Many athletes drift to competition
B. Can’t travel with no destination
“If you do not know where you are going, how can you ever get there?”
III. Afraid of Failure
A. Psychological tug-of-war
B. Failure = Opportunities (a rest stop)
C. Get Feedback
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continuously fearing you will make one”
IV. Practice But Do Not Improve
A. Just showing up
B. Mentally/Emotionally Involved
“Practice does not make perfect – only perfect practice makes perfect”
V. Athletes Advertise Wrong
A. Positive ads but negative athletes
B. Bad Salesmen
C. Change the Station
“You become what you think about most of the time”
“ They teach you how to do it and how not to, both are of equal importance” – Poppa Ayers
I. Practice Positive Thinking
B. Lazy Thinking
C. Practice Competition
II. Think in Vivid Emotional Terms
A. Visualize out-loud
“I will not surrender”
“I love competing more than winning”
“I will put myself on the line everyday”
“I will not turn against myself during tough times”
“I will come totally prepared to compete everyday”
“ I will not show weakness on the outside”
“The crazier it gets, the more I will love it”
“How’s the weather outside?....Perfect”!
III. During Moments of Execution, Focus Your Attention Outside Yourself
B. “Get outside your head”
C. Emotion and Attention
Negative Thoughts Arousal Problems Attention Problems
IV. Strategic Visualizations
A. Overcoming Weakness
B. Mental Victory
C. Relax and Calm-down
Aaron Rodgers on Visualization
Many short sessions (5-10) are much better than one or two long sessions
V. How to Think About Your Own Mistakes
A. Running not to Lose
B. “If you are gonnafall, fall bravely and with style”
C. Playing it Safe?
D. After a Mistake, then what?
What could I or should have done differently?
2. What can I learn from this?
3. What can I take away from this that will help me in the future?
Coach Ayers explained five strategies to improve self-talk.
Choose one of these strategies to write your essay on. Your essay should answer the following questions:
1.) How does this strategy improve self-talk? Explain this strategy in detail and what training is involved.
2.) What are two ways you can use this strategy to help you improve in your self-talk and overall performance?
3.) Lastly, why is improving self-talk important to you as an athlete?