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Understanding Your Inner Dialogue

"What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up or tear you down."

- Anonymous

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Most athletes donโ€™t even recognize their self talk.

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It's that voice, the inner critic, your inner coach. It is second nature and it either pumps you up ๐Ÿ“ˆ and encourages you, or brings you down and discourages you ๐Ÿ“‰.

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Take time to listen to your self talk.

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Is your inner critic an encourager or discourager?

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Self talk is a mental muscle that needs consistent training to be strong ๐Ÿ’ช and encouraging!

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So make it a goal to listen to and improving your self talk with everything you do! โ›ณ๏ธ

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Youโ€™ve got this! Do it!

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"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."

- Anonymous


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 donโ€™t even realize what we are telling ourselves.


๐Ÿ‰ With team sports like rugby and even doubles tennis, itโ€™s easier to be supportive of teammates, which in turn allows athletes to get into a positive and competitive mindset.


๐ŸŽฏ 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.

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"If you think you can do it, or if you think you can't, you are right."

- Henry Ford


The way you choose to interpret your feelings and reactions starts with your self talk.


Avoid distracting thoughts like environment, crowd, and saying things like โ€œI canโ€™t,โ€ Donโ€™t,โ€ and โ€œI have to.โ€


Instead focus on those little things that help you perform and the positive thoughts that remind you to be successful.

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