Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Making Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Sport Psychology Tips: Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

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Balance is not something you find, it's something that you create

Your personal core values are the things that you believe are IMPORTANT in your life. Personal core values can exist at home, at work, in your sport or any area of your life. They should determine your priorities. You should also be able to measure closely if you are sticking to your values or if any conflicts are influencing your actions.

When your behaviour in your life and your sport match up, the likelihood is that you will feel happier, more comfortable and confident when playing your sport.  When your core values are conflicted, the opposite is likely to occur. In your day to day life you are more likely to feel a little:

  • Short tempered
  • Stressed out
  • Less focused
  • Overwhelmed
  • Anxious

These feelings may then impact negatively on your mindset when practicing, playing or competing at your sport. The results could well be:

  • Less efficient practice
  • Poor commitment to mastering the task in hand
  • Lower levels of concentration
  • Frustration and anger issues are more evident
  • Less fun and enjoyment
  • More self-critical
  • Less confidence in your ability
  • Giving up more easily

To make an effort to recognise and identify your values can help your decision making on and off the sports field. When you know your own core values you are then in a position to shape the decisions that you make in your life and in your sport. You understand what is REALLY IMPORTANT to you.

Your core values will tend to follow you through life, though as different priorities in your life shift over time, some core values may change.  For example, if you’re a footballer or cricketer you may gain more responsibility in your team as you gain more experience. Golfers or tennis players may focus their attention on playing at a high level then decide coaching is more important to them.

Step 1: When did you feel the happiest and most content?

Brainstorm time: Write down examples in your life and in your sport.

  • Who did you spend time with? Were you alone?
  • What made this period, what were you doing?
  • Were there other reasons for your happiness?
  • What feelings did you experience?
  • Did you feel proud of yourself? Why?

Step 2: Identify your TOP 10 personal core values from this list that reflect what is important in your life:

Accountability
Accuracy
Achievement
Adventurousness
Altruism
Ambition
Assertiveness
Balance
Being the best
Belonging
Boldness
Calmness
Carefulness
Challenge
Cheerfulness
Clear-mindedness
Commitment
Community
Compassion
Competitiveness
Consistency
Contentment
Continuous Improvement
Contribution
Control
Cooperation
Correctness
Courtesy
Creativity
Curiosity
Decisiveness
Democraticness
Dependability
Determination
Devoutness
Diligence
Discipline
Discretion
Diversity
Dynamism
Economy
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Elegance
Empathy
Enjoyment
Enthusiasm
Equality
Excellence
Excitement
Expertise
Exploration
Expressiveness
Fairness
Faith
Family-orientedness
Fidelity
Fitness
Fluency
Focus
Freedom
Fun
Generosity
Goodness
Grace
Growth
Happiness
Hard Work
Health
Helping Society
Holiness
Honesty
Honor
Humility
Independence
Ingenuity
Inner Harmony
Inquisitiveness
Insightfulness
Intelligence
Intellectual Status
Intuition
Joy
Justice
Leadership
Legacy
Love
Loyalty
Making a difference
Mastery
Merit
Obedience
Openness
Order
Originality
Patriotism
Perfection
Piety
Positivity
Practicality
Preparedness
Professionalism
Prudence
Quality-orientation
Reliability
Resourcefulness
Restraint
Results-oriented
Rigor
Security
Self-actualization
Self-control
Selflessness
Self-reliance
Sensitivity
Serenity
Service
Shrewdness
Simplicity
Soundness
Speed
Spontaneity
Stability
Strategic
Strength
Structure
Success
Support
Teamwork
Temperance
Thankfulness
Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness
Timeliness
Tolerance
Traditionalism
Trustworthiness
Truth-seeking
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unity
Usefulness
Vision
Vitality

Step 3: For the following categories (below) write down your TOP 3 CORE VALUES from the list above or choose words that are similar or better describe your values.   Feel free to alter the categories to best fit your own personal and professional needs.

  • Home Life
  • Work
  • Sport
  • Leisure Activities

Step 4: Confirm your Personal Core Values

Brainstorm time:

  • If you follow through with behaviours related to these core values what feelings will you experience?
  • Will you feel fulfilled?
  • Will you feel proud of yourself? Why?
  • Would you be comfortable sharing your values to other people?

If you enjoyed this article feel free to share it to team-mates, friends or coaches or sign up to “The Mental Edge” for Sports Psychology updates and tips. 

For further advice on your Personal Core Values or on how we could work together to help improve your sport performance feel free to get in touch for one 2 one Sports Psychology Coaching with a Leading Sports Psychologist, David Charlton and his team, based in the North East England however operating across the globe with ONLINE Sports Psychology Coaching.

 

David Charlton Sports Psychologist Newcastle

Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Sport Psychologist located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly.  

T: +44 7734 697769

E: [email protected]

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