It's all about perspective. We are what we think we are. My life changed dramatically once I learned to accept this simple belief. It made me realize that in life, when one door closes, another one opens. I imagine great things behind every door. When things get tough along the way, I think that those situations are the preparation for what is to come. The first step for me to take this approach is to simply change my thoughts. As soon as a negative thought enters my mind, I immediately change it to a positive one. I remember my inner dialog used to consist of things like, “Don’t screw this up!” and “I hope I don’t make a mistake!” Now I think, “I am going to complete this play just how I did 1,000 times in practice.” Instead of fearing “crunch-time”, I thrive on it! I visualize myself making the winning play. This new perspective has had an immediate and noticeable effect on my performance on the court. It made me a much more consistent and thereby better player (even though my athletic ability did not change one bit). I have always known that my mind is my strongest ally and if I train my mind to think great big thoughts, I will accomplish great big things!
AUTHOR: Bex Urban