Before the season rolls in, the start of the year is the perfect time to review and renew your performance plan. Here are five central areas for reviewing your mental game and effectively carving out a plan to refocus your energy for the season ahead.
Check your Burnout Radar
Physical exhaustion and training overload alone are not pre-requisites for burnout. Many athletes do not realise that feeling emotionally drained, experiencing a loss in motivation, or losing sight of your vision for the future can be signs of burnout. Refocusing your goals and plans can help immensely but recognising when you need a real break in action is important. You need to proactively plan ahead to schedule adequate breaks in your schedule through out the year and the most appropriate times and go into your last events feeling energised, rather than hanging out for the season to end.
Reconnect with your Strengths and Passion for the Game
One of the most energising ways to boost your motivation and connection to the game is to reflect on your mental qualities as a player that brings out your best game. Perhaps you have a “creative mind”, so maximise this by re-engaging your skills in visualisation, seeing and feeling your shots in renewed ways to create stronger commitment to your shot execution.