Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Learning lessons from top sports people

Those of the less sporty among us, may have distant memories of being made to run four laps around the school sports field as a warm up before embarking on the sport for that day. It's not surprising then that these memories may have been pushed to the backs of our minds - sport isn't for us and we are glad we no longer have to do it. But wait, are we throwing the baby out with the bath water? Can we learn lessons from sport that are useful in our lives more generally, and if so what are they?

While many people struggle to manage pressure in their everyday lives and perhaps fail to achieve their goals as a result of this, elite sports people manage to achieve their goals despite the pressure. So what can we 'steal' from the way top athletes do things, to use in our own lives?

Five lessons we can 'steal' from top sports people

1. Keep motivated

If you have one specific goal to achieve, set yourself a range of related goals to keep you motivated along the way and reward yourself when you achieve each goal.

2. Follow a routine

Work out what steps you need to follow to achieve your goal. Plan a routine and follow it. Being successful takes a great deal of commitment so be prepared to work hard.

3. Believe in your ability

To succeed in something, you need to believe you are capable of doing it. Think about the way you think and whether you truly believe in what you are trying to achieve. If not, think why not and challenge your thought processes. Replace your unhelpful thoughts "I can't do this" with helpful realistic ones "I am going to find this very hard, but there is nothing suggesting I can't do it".

4. Manage your anxiety and adopt helpful behaviours

When you challenge yourself, you are likely to feel anxious and fearful. Learn to manage these feelings and you will be able to achieve more.

5. Look after yourself

Look after yourself physically and mentally to ensure you are in the best frame of mind to achieve your goals. Don't overload your schedule and plan in time to relax.

Workshop: Focus, performance and wellbeing - lessons from sport

Dr Fani Papayianni, an experienced counselling psychologist at First Psychology Glasgow will be looking at the psychological lessons that elite sports professionals use to manage pressure and find success. She is running two workshops on the subject this autumn/winter in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Book a place today and learn how you can improve your chances of success by using lessons from successful sports people!

Click here to find out more about these workshops and to BOOK A PLACE >

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