The mental side of competition is just as tough—if not tougher—than the physical side. Dr. Lindsey Mitchell is a sports performance psychologist and clinical therapist who has worked with everyone from athletes to veterans to middle school students. This week, she shares tips on how to help build up healthy and successful kids, define personal goals, and overcome adversity to be a better competitor in all aspects of life.
In order to maximize your potential each day and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished, it’s important to learn how to take control over your life. Kids need space to test themselves and grow, which sometimes means failing and learning from their mistakes. Athletes have to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are so they can put forward their best performance each day. And all of us need to persevere when things get tough, so we can go to bed at night knowing we tried our hardest. It all comes down to being more aware of the mental side of competition and using it to become the best versions of ourselves.
What You’ll Learn:
- Translate what you learn on the field to everyday life off the field
- Wake up with a purpose and prime yourself for success each and every day
- Redefine competition if it’s something you fear
- Support others in gaining self-awareness by asking, not telling
- Be active—not reactive—and gain control of your goals
“You have a purpose, you have a goal, you want to take your skills and figure out how to use them, focus your passion, be able to assess your strengths and weaknesses and the gifts that you’ve been given.” – Dr. Lindsey Mitchell
“Competition isn’t always about winning or losing. It’s about how we perform and when we take control of that.” -Dr. Lindsey Mitchell
“Unless you learn to lose or you learn what it takes to win, there’s no point in growth.” -Jake Thompson
“When you avoid something, that’s when it becomes unhealthy. When we’re afraid of it, that’s when it becomes unhealthy. So, the key is not to eliminate competition, it’s to figure out, what negative emotion am I attaching to competition and how can I re-adjust my thinking?” -Dr. Lindsey Mitchell