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Self-esteem is what you think about yourself. You can think about yourself either positively or negatively. Judging yourself by things over which you have no control is setting yourself up for negative situation. You need to know and believe that you are unique. You must be able to separate the quality of your performance from your overall worth as a person. You should be able to counter and eliminate negative ways of viewing activities in your life.

You can avoid developing a poor opinion of yourself, devaluing yourself as an individual, by practicing and following through on activities that develop and maintain your self-esteem. Your true value does not come from playing tennis. Make a determination to look at yourself in an accurate, positive way. It is important to have an accurate view of what you can and cannot do. Be realistic in what you attempt to do.

Usually, the way we make judgments about who we are comes from what people tell us about ourselves. It is important for you to engage in a variety of activities beyond tennis. You should use yourself, not others, as a basis for comparison. Be satisfied with small but steady gains in all that you do. You risk lowering your self-esteem if you maintain or create irrational beliefs. You can be confident about being able to perform well while recognizing that you will never be perfect.

Be satisfied with small but steady gains in all that you do. 

It is important to recognize your anxiety, accept it, and take steps to reduce it. Identify beliefs and dislodge them. Personal awareness of your beliefs can help you dispel them. Substitute an appropriate belief for each irrational belief. Negative self-talk usually leads to lowered self-esteem. Positive self-talk means that you make statements that put you in a favorable light. If you routinely employ positive self-talk, you are likely to be positive about yourself and will enhance your self-esteem. Identify and list the various situations in which you examine how you talk to yourself.

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane

Identify and list the various situations in which you examine how you talk to yourself.

For each situation you list on the form, describe the statement you made to yourself. When you are practicing or playing in matches, you can foster positive self-talk by substituing the positive for the negative. Self-esteem has to do with acceptance of yourself despite mistakes you feel you have made.

Change the perspective that you have about the mistake. View a mistake as a signal to yourself. Mistakes occur for everyone all the time – that’s part of life. Learn from each mistake and move forward!

If you want to know more about Vida Mind and how we might be able to help you to break the mental roadblocks that are holding you back, do a free session with Dr. Damien Lafont. Contact him at info@vidamind.com.au or call 0435 819 262 and he will get in touch with you to schedule 45 min with you either in person or over Skype. In this free info session with him, you’ll go through what is keeping your performing at your best. You’ll know Dr Lafont, how he works and whether you are a good fit for each other.

vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane