I know I have suffered from this in the past. I would lose a big tournament. Then, I would relive that fateful match and visualize all the different things that I could have done. After my first world championships, I played back my matches in my mind for months!
All this did was make me miserable. What I should have been doing is what winners do, which is to relive my victories. You want to relive your success stories over and over. Let them inspire you to do more, train harder, and grow.
Winners keep their mind focused on success, while losers stay stuck on failure. Losers fear failure. All of their decisions are based on avoiding failure. Be a winner and always keep your mind tuned to achieving success.
If you find you are pitying yourself or dreading failure, snap out of it! Make the decision that you are a winner and you will only ponder about success.
just what I needed today David! I have a tournament tomorrow and Im pretty anxious. I’ve been training for a year and a half and competed in two tournaments and have yet to get my first victory. I will definetely use this as my mantra for the day! Thanks for all you and Marcos do. BTW, the webinar was off the hook! Looking forward to the next one. ( may I suggest ” transitions” for one of the future topics)
You are very welcome Ivan.
Remember, the important thing is to enjoy yourself. The hardest part about competing is dealing with YOURSELF 🙂
Just relax and do the best that you can. That is all that anyone can ever ask from you. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. Just go out there and give it your all.
Also, it is natural to be nervous. Even a seasoned pro will get anxious before a fight. It is your body’s way of getting you ready for combat. Reminding yourself of that should make it easier on you.
The one thing I can tell you is that once you step on the mat – all of your worries will disappear and you will be ready to scrap.
Good hunting my friend!
Good read. Thanks David
Good luck Ivan!