Do Not Stress Over Your Competition In Sports

By Stan Popovich 

Many athletes sometimes get anxious when they go against a tough opponent. They get nervous on who they are competing with and they get so worked up that they lose focus on playing their sport. In the end, they make mistakes and end up beating themselves up if they do not win. As a result, here is a list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage the stress of going against the competition.

The first step is to learn as much as you can on your opponent. Although this may seem obvious, some athletes may think they already know what they need to know. Remember there is always something to learn about your competition. Read the reports about your opponent and watch him or her performance. Try to figure out an angle on how you can beat your competition. The more you know about your competition the better your chances are you will win. This will also help to reduce your worries in the future.

Do not assume anything about your competition whether they are stronger or weaker than you. Every athlete has his good and bad times and just because you may be facing a stronger opponent does not mean that you will lose. Remember that you and your opponent both have an equal chance of winning. You are both starting from scratch. This should help you to give you confidence going into your next event.

Focus on how you can best strive for perfection in your own event instead of worrying about your opponent. For instance, you are going against the number one athlete in the tournament and you are nervous. Instead of focusing on how good your competition is, focus on your performance. Concentrate on how you can perform your event and how you can best improve on your problem areas.

Realize that you can’t win all of the time and that also includes your competition. You may be the best athlete in the world, however you will still sometimes lose. No one can win all of the time.  When facing a tough competitor, use this fact to your advantage. Even the best athletes will make some mistakes.

It is not uncommon to get nervous when you go against a better opponent.  All you can do is to focus on your skill sets and do the best you can. This will help you in the long run.

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/

Remaining Optimistic After Losing

By Stan Popovich

Some athletes who do not perform well at their event may have a difficult time in getting over their most recent loss. As a result, here are a list of techniques that an athlete can follow in staying optimistic for their next event.
First, do not make excuses or blame others for your defeat. Many athletes tend to make excuses on why they lost instead of looking at themselves and their performance. The fact is that the competition was better than you that day and the only way to get over it is to find ways to do better the next time around.

Evaluate your performance and learn from your mistakes. Regardless how good you may be you will always make mistakes in any given event. The key is to learn from your mistakes and not to repeat them again. This is the attitude you need to have in getting over your most recent loss and get ready for your next event.

Focus on the bigger picture. As an athlete, you will perform in many events. Do not focus on only that one event where you did not do that great. Instead look at the bigger picture in that you will be performing in many other events down the road. Use your loss as a measuring stick on what you need to improve on for your future events.

Try to have a more persistent attitude for your next event. Many athletes who lose or make mistakes in an important event tend to doubt themselves for awhile. Do not do this. Accept the fact that you lost and be determined that you will do things differently the next time around. Determination is the key in getting over any loss.

If you are not sure what you did wrong then ask. Talk to a coach or your friends on what they think you did wrong. Get their advice on how you did in your last event and then try to see if they are correct. There is nothing wrong for asking for help. Even the best athletes get advice from others.

Finally, be patient in trying to improve your performance. Some athletes who get into a losing streak do not know how to get back to their winning ways. They start to doubt themselves and put more pressure on themselves to do better if the losing continues. It may take time to get back to your winning ways. Do not put pressure on yourself when things do not go right. Be patient and try to make small changes in your performance. The last thing you want to do is to panic.

Enjoy the fact that you are an athlete. You can’t win all the time and there will always be somebody who is better. Do not compare yourself to others who may be better or worse off than you. Focus on your own performance and develop your own personal goals in achieving your maximum performance.

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/

Do Not Let Fear Be a Factor in Your Sport

By Stan Popovich

Sometimes, fear and anxiety can get the best of us in sports.  The key is to know how to manage that fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their fears and every day anxieties.
Occasionally, you may become stressed when you have to perform in an important event. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you have to perform in the championship game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself performing. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could read the newspaper, listen to some music or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things right before their event.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that you can carry around with you. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you. Whenever you feel stressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking.

Focus on how you can best strive for perfection instead of worrying about your opponent. For instance, you are going against the number one player in the tournament and you are nervous. Instead of focusing on how good your competition is, focus on how you can do your best.

In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a small walk before your event to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/