It’s the night before the big game.
You’ve put in the work. You’ve practiced and prepared. You’re ready.
And it’s possible you’re a little nervous.
Understandable. It’s (almost) go time. This is what you’ve trained for. Open gym. Early morning practices. Extra conditioning.
No more time to prepare. Now you’re waiting. And possibly getting a little more nervous.
You try to relax. You have dinner with the fam then watch a little Netflix. Definitely have the game on the brain though. You’re probably starting to envision how it will go.
Let’s turn that day dreaming into a mental skills technique to help improve your performance.
Time to see it and believe it.
The night before is a great time to visualize success in your upcoming competition.
Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and mentally take yourself through your performance.
See yourself arriving at the venue.
Take yourself through your warm up, the start of the contest, through the highlights, and end with a stellar performance.
A few tips:
Keep it positive. Present tense. Detailed. Involve all senses.
What does it look like? Smell like? Feel like? What uniform are you wearing?
It can help to use your best performance as a guide. You can often draw on that performance to create the feeling & images you’re going for. If you’ve been at the specific location before, try to include specifics of it in your imagery.
Imagery comes easy to some athletes, they close their eyes and can see the whole competition play out. If it’s not as natural for you, that’s okay.
Just like free throws, imagery is a skill. And skills can be learned and developed.
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