How do you push through the pain and continue competing in a sport?
This question was asked to a range of Olympians and top performers in their field of sports. The majority of answers were not about doing anything physically, but mentally.
Some of the phrases athletes used were ‘discipline my thought’, ’think “I have more in me”’, ’repeat lyrics in my head’, visualize someone encouraging me’, focus on feeling light and quick’, ‘remind myself ‘I want this’”.
A director at Canadian Sports Centre Pacific is a believer in the power of mental techniques to help athletes persevere and succeed.
A new study in Scientific American breaks down various types of motivational thinking, referred to as self-talk, for various types of sport. Motivational thoughts and phrases are found effective during athletic performance.
If this type of motivational thinking can help a person power through pain and discomfort, is this a signal for using the power of thought for a person’s health?Continue Reading