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The Importance of Feeling Good About Yourself-Inward Reflection

December 2, 2019

As an athlete (Sports or LIFE),  you need to feel inherently good about yourself and the things you do in order to succeed. You need to be your biggest fan. Otherwise, you’ll find it all too easy to give into the self-doubt that might still exist in the depths of your mind.

It goes without saying that if you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to propel yourself towards your loftiest goals. There is no crippling self-doubt, there is no negative voice telling you that you can’t. Even if those things do creep up every once in awhile, your positive feelings and emotions are more than enough to silence the negative thoughts before they take root.

Now look at the other side of the scale. If you’re in a state where you perpetually feel bad about yourself, you’re automatically paralyzing every single goal before you’ve even taken a step towards it.

When you feel bad about yourself, you don’t have the strength to stay disciplined when temptation eventually rears its ugly head. For example, say you’re training for Nationals. Feeling bad about yourself will prevent you from standing strong against those midnight temptations or training when you’re not in a session with your coach.

Which athlete do you want to be? Do you want to be the athlete who goes the extra mile to become better in every way? Do you want to end every practice with sweat pouring out of your body and tears in your eyes from pushing yourself to the limit?

Or do you want to be the athlete who needs to be pushed by a coach to succeed? The one who might cost the entire team the big game, or even the championship? 

Excerpt from “Mind Over Head Chatter-The Psychology of Athletic Success” by Greg Justice and Art Still.  

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