Nowadays, coaches, athletes, parents and even popular media are aware of the importance of the mental game in sports and how important it is for athletes to learn mental skills.
One of the mistakes we all make is to create sporting abilities in sequences where usually we start with developing the physical capabilities in sporting kids as young as 8, 9 and 10 years of age, and potentially, we start introducing mental skills training to young athletes in their mid to late teens, if we ever do so.
But what if we changed our approach and what if instead of focusing on the physical development of young athletes at first, we started their learning journey with an understanding of the importance of the mental skills?
So instead of introducing young athletes to physical training and trying to develop their speed, strength, agility, and endurance from a relatively young age, what if we focused on their mental skills like learning the difference between growth and fixed mindset, and teach them tools like focus, mindfulness, visualisation, and self-talk as their learning priority at 8, 9, 10 years of age?
Our mind-muscle is the biggest, most influential and most important muscle that we need to learn to control and grow in other to improve any other areas of our lives and we need to teach this to our kids from a young age.
Wouldn’t it make sense then to start every young athlete’s sporting development journey with teaching them how to build and grow their mind-muscle first – than worrying about those bulging biceps and tree-trunk thighs a little later on?
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