My third role is as a sport performance psychology consultant specialising in football and mixed martial arts. Too much pressure be patient let training take over. Self talk example negative thought statements positive thoughts statements.
A traditionally held view among sport psychologists still currently prevalent is that positive self talk is to be encouraged over negative self talk. The categorization of self talk as either instructional or motivational in terms of the function of self talk is a relatively new within the research on self talk concerned with sport. For an athlete negative internal messages and thoughts are among the biggest contributors to pre race jitters and performance anxiety.
In fact developing positive self talk is at the heart of many mindfulness based programs. Getting a handle on our self talk is one of the hardest things many of us will attempt whether we play sports or not. There is robust evidence that self talk strategies facilitate learning and enhance performance according to sport psychologist antonis hatzigeorgiadis who studies the phenomenon of self talk.