What’s your ’A Game’?

What’s your ’A Game’?

Author: Media/Thursday, October 29, 2015/Categories: State News

Flow is the experience of feeling in complete control of your performance where things are easy and seem to come effortlessly, also known as ‘being in the zone’.

It is a great feeling that athletes chase and is like the utopia of sporting experiences. In order to achieve flow consistently, you need to understand your ‘A’ game, that is, what you are thinking, feeling and doing when you perform at your best and achieve flow.

Here’s how to find your ‘A’ Game:

1.    Recall a great performance where you experienced your ‘A’ Game. It may be a training ride, a race or a combination of multiple events.

2.    Write down what you were thinking (where your focus was), feeling (including body signals such as butterflies) and doing (or not doing) before that ride. Try and go into as much detail as you can. Remember as far back as the night before and include pre-race information.

3.    Write down what you were thinking, feeling and doing during that ride.

4.    Recall a performance where you experienced your ‘Z’ Game, the opposite of your ‘A’ game. It may be a training ride, a race or a combination of multiple events. You may not be able to think of a really poor performance, however, consider rides where you did not perform at your best.

5.    Write down what you were thinking, feeling and doing before that ride. Try and go into as much detail as you can.

6.    Write down what you were thinking, feeling and doing during that ride. Again, more detail is more useful.

7.    Write down the differences between your ‘A’ game and your ‘Z’ Game in terms of what you were thinking, feeling and doing.

8.    Write down your pre-race preparation plan including thoughts and actions that were in your ‘A’ game and particularly emphasising strategies that address differences you noticed between your ‘A’ game and ‘Z’ game. For example, if you tend to overthink races when you perform poorly, find activities to do pre-race to keep your mind busy and relaxed such as talking to others about non-riding topics.

Practice your ‘A’ game and you will notice that your confidence will build step by step, resulting in improved performances and consistency in your mental approach.

For more information on how to find your ‘A’ game, email rachel@mentalnotesconsulting.com.au or visit Mental Notes' website or Facebook page.




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