Self-talk is an effective technique to control thoughts and influence feelings.
Thoughts + Feelings + Physical Technique = Performance
Self-talk refers to the words you actually speak, which influence the thought in your head.
3 categories of Self-Talk:
- Task specific statements relating to technique – words or statements that reinforce technique. Example, “Turn your shoulders back”
- Encouragement & Effort – words or statements that provide self-encouragement or make you try harder. Example, “You can do it”
- Mood words – words that precipitate an increase in mood or arousal.
Tips for forming your personal Affirmation Statements.
Affirmation Statements – statements that can be used during competition. These statements affirm to the athlete that he possesses the skills, abilities, positive attitudes, and beliefs necessary for successful performance.
- Should be brief statements
- Logical with skill involved
- Compatible with the sequential timing of the task being performed
- Believable and vivid
- Prepare in advance – write them down somewhere where you will see throughout the competition (yard card)
- Create 5 Affirmation Statements and put them in a place where you will view 5 times per day.
- I would read the each affirmation statement at least 5 times daily to engrain the self-talk
- Place 3 Affirmation Statements on a piece of paper that you place in your scorecard while you are playing. This will cause you to view constantly throughout your round.
Agenda for week: Confidence & Focus
1. Daily Reflection on your self talk (2-4 sentences each day)
2. Create 5 affirmation statements and read each statement 5 times each day.
3. Incorporate chipping drills to improve touch and feel
4. Be aware of your self talk at all times!