Effective Self-Teaching Techniques

For 99, Self-Coached Players discover these detailed self-coaching techniques ...

  • set realistic goals,
  • shape their development,
  • talk to themselves,
  • create body awareness,
  • visualize,
  • relax,
  • concentrate,
  • overcome anxiety and
  • overcome failure.

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"OVERCOMING YOUR FAILURES
Failure occurs because the you have not given yourself all the skills needed to perform a particular skill... Occasional Failures - Reinforce a success to yourself and also think which mechanic "felt" different causing the failure... Constant Failures - Set new goals for yourself. Constant failure occurs because you do not have the skills needed to perform the action... Game Failures - Concentrate on the your actions, not on the play's outcome. Realize that it's natural to failure, without failure you never know what to improve to make your play better. Also realize that with a little more practice this (skill) will become automatic... Initial Failures - initial failures are natural. They happen as you formulating your "mental program" for performing the action. You will that fail initially, but keep on practicing, will eventually succeed."

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"HOW TO TALK TO YOURSELF"
Give Yourself Clear Messages

You must send clear, concise messages to yourself by always thinking in the present tense. By giving clear and concise messages, your mind knows exactly what is expected and your body will, more often than not, give what is expected. You will begin believing and knowing you can accomplish anything simply from the way you talk to yourself.
Here's How to Think:

  • "Feel my shoulder point toward the target." An example of a clear , concise thought in the present tense.

"When I..." instead of "If I..." and "I know..." instead of "I hope..." "When I..." and "I know..." gives you a positive message that the skill can be mastered. Note: Avoid thoughts like "try to..." and "don't...", these phrases give you less than a clear thought and goal.

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