vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology
Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane
It’s very common to see a very talented junior player who is sabotaging her/his potential by being a perfectionist. If this player is not thoroughly achieving and successful in every aspect of the game, she/he’d sulk and be negative with her/his entire game and even in other areas of life. Her/his perfectionistic goals are entirely irrational and unrealistic, causing much stress. And often the player want to quit because playing had become no longer fun.
This pattern of perfectionism often develops early in life and it takes some time to get beyond it. If you are perfectionist, what you need is support and encouragement from your coach and parents that they will still love you regardless of your performance. Then, you need to learn to believe that it is acceptable to be less than perfect. What you feel is the result of how you view a situation ; if you change your view, the feelings will change as well. You’ll understand that success is a roller coaster. It is impossible to be “right on” every day. We have to expect ups and downs. No one escapes setbacks. Mistakes can be teachers and are natural aspects of the growth process. You will see that your perfectionism is irrational, and that, like all performers, you will continue to experience fluctuations on the road to excellence. You can embrace the setbacks of your performance as springboards for improvement. Your letting go of perfection will always be rewarded by a better performance and much more fun!
If you want to improve your performance and to know more about Vida Mind, do a free session with Dr. Damien Lafont. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.