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Athletes are very familiar with the word mechanics. In the physical realm, mechanics refer to the functional and technical aspects of a skill – the mechanics of pitching for example. The idea is pretty simple; learn the proper mechanics, practice those mechanics, master those mechanics. When your mechanics are solid, your performance should be too. Learning proper mechanics also helps athletes when they’re struggling – identify where the mechanics are breaking down, tweak them, fix them and get back on track.
There are also Mental Mechanics and they work the same way. These mechanics also relate to the functional and technical aspects of a skill but in this case the skill is THINKING. The only skill any athlete engages 100% of the time is their thinking, and how they think is crucial. It will either make them better or worse, the same way as how they throw a ball or swing a club would.
In the same way physical mechanics can be learned, practiced and mastered, so too can Mental Mechanics. Mind’s Eye Sports Performance has identified five Mental Mechanics that, collectively, create the “mental toughness” athletes desire and coaches covet.
Solid Mental Mechanics create the foundation that performance rests upon because, let’s face it, the brain runs the show. Building this foundation not only improves performance, but also contributes significantly to an athlete’s overall satisfaction and enjoyment of the sport they play. A solid “mental game” is also infinitely transferable to life beyond one’s playing days and can facilitate success in any endeavor.
Competing is challenging enough when it’s against an opponent, or the clock. Yet many athletes create additional, self-imposed obstacles that can interfere with performance and rob them of the natural pleasure competing should bring. Developing strong Mental Mechanics can help athletes conquer the obstacles that can get in their way. Examples of obstacles Mind’s Eye Sports Performance helps athletes overcome include:
Perfectionism, psyching out, blocks, lapses in concentration, poor focus
Anger, fear, anxiety, frustration, apathy
Hesitancy, trying too hard, avoidance, not taking chances, quitting
“I can’t do this.” “I’m not good enough.” “I’ll embarrass myself.” “I’ll let people down.”
Your athlete may have already answered this question. They may have told you they want do whatever they can to improve, and this would include working on their mental game. But there are also other signs that might suggest developing stronger Mental Mechanics is needed.
If any of these seem to describe your athlete, Mind’s Eye Sports Performance can help.