Let’s face it, dealing with setbacks, stress, and pressure isn’t easy. But how we respond to those factors plays a big role in our success. Do you respond differently to pressure when you’re doing well compared to when you’re struggling? You may have found it’s a lot easier to work hard and push through pain when you’re feeling good and seeing results. But often your attitude changes when you’re experiencing setbacks or not seeing the results you expect.
As an athlete, you probably have lots of goals in your mind of what you want to accomplish in your career. But what about your values for your career? Values are different from goals in that they are not an end achievement. They are the path in which to take to reach your goals. When you imagine yourself at the end of your athletic career, what kind of athlete do you want to be remembered as? How do you want your coaches, your peers, your fans to remember you as? Figuring out what your values are for your life as an athlete can set the foundation for a successful career.
By thinking not just about goals, but about values, and committing to living in line with what you value, you’re committing to your standard of excellence, day to day, week to week, season to season, despite the occasional setbacks and failures along the way. And being committed to those values will lead you to results!
To talk more about reaching your goals by training, competing, and living in a value-oriented mindset, contact Dr. Lori Jeffries or Mark Parisi, PsyD and Associates, P.C. for a confidential consultation!