Mental Skills for Athletes: Onwards and upwards

Many athletes assume that the road towards their goals begins at the very bottom and moves gradually upward.

This is not the case!

The path towards your goals will never be smooth. There will be setbacks, disappointments, ruts and frustrations along the way.

Ups and downs. You will feel you are going backwards at times.

The key is to never get stuck, keep pushing forward.

Check in regularly and evaluate your progress towards your goals. Setbacks like a bad race, or a poor swim, are easy to spot and fix, but longer periods of stagnation are harder to tackle.

Keeping a training diary will help identify when you are stuck. Revisit your good days to give you a confidence boost, and always focus on moving upwards – even through the down periods.

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