What are your internal and external drivers as a person? What do you want to achieve from your career? Why is this important to you to achieve this? What is the legacy you wish to create?
Are you aware where confidence comes from? Do you know what empowers your confidence? Are you aware what disables your confidence? How can we use mental skills to develop your confidence?
Do you have clear vision of what success looks like? Do you have clearly defined areas of focus to achieve this vision? Do you have clear process and competition goals for your training, preparation and performance?
Do you know how to focus your attention on the critical tasks in competition? Do you know what you are focused on in the lead in, before and during competitions? Do you know what distracts your attention? Do you know the key tools to refocus when we lose our attention?
Leaving sport can be a difficult experience for athletes. It can be hard to separate from their `athletic identity'. During this transition, the loss of that identity can take several months and years to come to terms with. Athletes can experience anger, denial, hopelessness, before they start to make sense of what has happened and accept the new way of being.
How are you measuring success? What outcome goals do you set for the season? What training, practice, lifestyle, behavioural, and performance goals do you set to achieve these outcome goals? Do you review goals and refine your process of success?
DEALING WITH SETBACKS
How do you respond to failure in the moment? How do you respond to failure after an event? Do you blame external factors or take responsibility for setbacks?
Dealing with injury has a physical component, mental (thinking component) and emotional (feeling component). What we think around our injury influences how we feel, act, and ultimately heal. When setbacks occur around injuries it is important, we reframe negative thinking and beliefs we might be having around the injury and look at the opportunities this might afford us e.g. working on other aspects of our game, free time to travel or study, etc.
RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESSURE
Do you know the link between activation, intensity and performance? Do you know what pressure does to you physically, mentally and behaviourally? Do you know how to regulate your emotions when pressure hits?
Emotionally intelligent athletes can adapt their thinking, feelings, and actions in response to changing situations. They readily adapt to unpredictable changes and can stay present in the moment to what is important now. They focus on what they can control and influence. They sense the opportunity ahead and take risks by stepping out of their comfort zone.