Updated: Sep 25, 2019
It’s not what we say out loud that really determines our lives. It’s what we whisper to ourselves that has the most power.
Self talk is a mental muscle that takes time and practice to develop. Our positive or negative self talk can become so ingrained that we don’t even realize what we are telling ourselves.
With team sports like rugby and even doubles tennis, it’s easier to be supportive of teammates, which in turn allows athletes to get into a positive and competitive mindset.
On the other hand, when we focus on ourselves or when we are competing in individual sports, like singles tennis, fencing, or figure skating, we can get lost in negative thoughts or just being overly critical.
Take a moment to slow down and listens to yourself. Hear what you are whispering, take note of your thoughts, and see if they are helpful or hurtful. The more awareness you build, the quicker you will curb negative thoughts and build the habit of developing a supportive and competitive mindset.