Sport and Performance Psychology

Sport and Performance Psychology from Campbell Thompson Psychology

By: Campbell Thompson Psychology  06-Apr-2011
Keywords: Personal Development, Psychology, Psychologist

What can I expect? The core approach that I use with elite athletes, elite dancers or other high-performing specialists shares 99% of its DNA with the approach I use with anyone who is aiming to be the best possible version of themselves. In sport psychology, the process generally only differs in the fourth stage where performance-specific techniques such as mental imagery or concentration techniques are required. Step 1. OBSERVE: Where am I? At a detailed level, what is going on in my life that I would like to change? How is my performance impacted? Step 2. UNDERSTAND: Acknowledge and Accept. Learning to acknowledge and accept the different ways in which you limit yourself and aknowledge the barriers that are currently in place. E.g. Why does this happen? Where did I learn this behaviour? Step 3. NAVIGATE: My Values and Goals. What do I want my life to be about? How do I want to be? What values would guide the “best” version of me? What specific behaviours do I want to follow? Step 4. ACT: Put into Practice. Practice using specific tools and techniques e.g. to help me overcome unhelpful emotions or habits. Identifying ways to overcome common pitfalls in my thinking patterns. Identifying emotions that stick me in unhelpful behaviours. Concentration training. Your own path to performing better could start by picking up the phone and calling me for a confidential discussion.

Keywords: Personal Development, Psychologist, Psychology

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