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Peacefulness to cope with the competition difficulties

Working with athletes from different sports disciplines like shooting, diving, walking and fencing in the days before the race, leads me to think that the peacefulness (serenity) is for them an important factor to compete at their best. I don’t consider peacefulness synonymous with being calm. Is, in my opinion, being aware of:

  • possess the necessary skills to compete this time at the best
  • be ready to face with the many difficulties of the race
  • get into difficulty and get out with success thanks to training and past experiences
  • have acquired the ability to just live the present moment and not the immediate future

In this sense, the race has to be understood as a succession of instants that run continuously until the end of the performance, but the concentration is always on the present task, not in the past, not in the future.

For all of us there is a lot to think on these issues being spoken too little, sometimes too busy to teach only the psychological techniques to deal with the competitions.

The Summer Schools in sport psychology are a great reality

The  Summer School in sport and exercise psychology, like this to take place in Ireland, are becoming a great reality. This shows that our discipline is booming. Find them on the web using as keywords: summer school, sport psychology.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Sofia Goggia at 9 years old wrote: “I want to win the gold in downhill”

It’s never too early to dream. When Sofia Goggia was 9 years old, she wrote: “I want to win the gold in downhill.”

She did it filling the questionnaire on Goal Setting from my book “Mental training.”

She wanted to be mentally ready and at long term very ready. She asked her coach to work at maximum with her.

Winter Olympics pictures

Team Canada in the finals of the men’s team pursuit Speed Skating race.

The emotion management during the Olympic Games

2018 Winter Olympics begin and many athletes to achieve their dream will find themselves in the position of having to provide the performance which is worth a life. The Olympic Games are the most important event for each athlete, it’s the competition that can change their sports career, much more than a world championship. it’s true for those who have already won and would like to repeat and for those athletes who are for the first time in the leading role. In fact, despite the doping scandals, winning a medal in the Olympics is still the dream of every athlete and for those who have a realistic chance of success is really all they don’t dared to think, for fear the desire  take place.

In these last days, the athletes have to handle their panic, they can swing by the peaks of confidence in their abilities, supported by the results obtained, with moments of sheer terror in which negative scenarios seem to take over. More rare that these emotions leaping those athletes who cannot aspire to the Olympic podium, who aspire to a good performance, which are already satisfied to compete during the world’s biggest sport event.

For others, those who compete for a medal, those at the top of the world ranking, the wait can be exhausting. They have to know how to handle this waiting phase, accepting this emotional background noise in all its shades, reducing the destructive emotions with constructive moods and thoughts. The race with themselves doesn’t begin just before the start moment, it has already begun in these days. Because the before determines the after, as you face the days immediately preceding determines how you will get to race day.

I often asked the athletes which the mental part of their warmup. For many consists to mentally repeat their performance or use key words, chosen by them, to reach a level of optimal emotional activation. This mental work determines a mixture of emotions, physical sensations and thoughts, used to be focused only on their performance. In this way, they lead themselves to the moments preceding the start, inside their mental bubble, totally caught up in what they’re doing; then they start and everything happens, or should happen, in a way apparently spontaneous.

PyeongChang: Olympic Truce Mural

The inauguration of the Olympic Truce Mural took place in monday at the PyeongChang Olympic Village. With the theme of ‘Building Bridges’, the mural has been designed to change the negative perception of a wall into a positive one and reinforce the message of peace and unity for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 which begins in three days’ time. The murals have been installed in both Olympic Villages (Gangneung and PyeongChang) and athletes and officials will be asked to sign their name or message of peace on the murals using special stencils. The mural is 7 meters long and 3 meters high and will be moved to the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza and Gangneung Olympic Park where they will be on display for spectators until the end of the Games. The Olympic Games is seen as an event which ‘bridges’ the world through sports. The mural is a reflection of this as it signifies PyeongChang’s vision to use the Olympic and Paralympic Games to open bridges between nations and help achieve a better world through sports. One section of the wall is “peeled” and shown as a bridge. This signifies PyeongChang 2018’s intention to break barriers and build bridges for peace.

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The tactics in sports

The tactic is a key factor of success in many sports, not just team sports. In summary, it’s to do the right thing at the right time and therefore requires timing, precision, awareness and quickness. They are skills that athletes must develop, otherwise they will probably perform doing the right thing at the wrong time or even they choked because dominated by performance anxiety.

The tactic consists of a set of factors that lead to sports action:

  • Have specific and achievable performance goals, adapted to the situational demands of the competition.
  • Know your skills and expertise, knowing the odds of success and risk.
  • Develop the situational awareness, perceive and analyze situations, choose between alternatives and use the personal insights.
  • Quickly change the action plan, if it does not produced the effects expected.
  • Act supported by thoughts and emotions.

Thank You, Mom. The Winter Olympics 2018. #LoveOverBias

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