Dreams and determination to get out from the negative moments

Recovering from repeated injuries and illnesses is not easy and from personal experience I can say that it requires at least two psychological skills as a priority. The first is the weapon that opens the door to return to sporting activity. It is what a dear friend of mine, Robert Nideffer, calls “having faith”, he used to say when talking to athletes or managers, “You have to have faith in yourself, you have to believe that you will reach the goals you have set for yourself. I know you haven’t reached them yet, but you have to have faith that you will, it will certainly be difficult, at certain times you will think you can’t do it, but it doesn’t matter, you keep trying, keep committing and eventually you will succeed”.

Terry Orlick asked what is your dream, John Salmela asked his students, “How good do you want to be as a sports psychologist? Do you want to be the best in your neighborhood, in your city, in your state, do you want to excel?” For many, these are meaningless questions, because what they want is to stay in their comfort zone and have no other ambitions.

So the first goal to set is to determine what your dream is. One must have the ability to dream in spite of the current situation in which we find ourselves. By definition dreams may not be achieved, they are not realistic goals but we must have faith in ourselves.

The second skill we can call determination, grit or resilience. We need to recover from a negative health condition. In this regard the question is, “When do we start?”. The doctors tell us when we can start, the physical therapists tell us what to do. It’s up to us to start as soon as possible, without delay. The motivation to perform exercises that are usually boring and initially tiring is not aimed at making us enjoy what we are doing, but should support us in the realization of our dream. It’s not the exercise that’s important, it’s the recognition that each repetition of the program we’ve begun to follow is a step toward achieving the dream. It is this mindset that fuels our perseverance to incorporate and maintain the path we are on in our daily lives.

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