Sport Psychology Tips: Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance
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
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:
Being the best
Making a difference
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
- Leisure Activities
Step 4: Confirm your Personal Core Values
- 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?
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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.
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