Competitive sports athletes thrive on performance. Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, hockey, or some other sporting event, all athletes have one goal in mind: to win. With everyone depending on them to bring home the gold medals and trophies, there is a constant fear of failure. As such, it’s not unheard of for athletes to experience performance anxiety, along with other mental roadblocks that can get in the way of performing well on the field.
One of the major hallmarks of performance anxiety experienced by competitive sports athletes is getting angry and frustrated easily. This can take the form of demanding perfection out of themselves and being harshly critical of themselves for both major and minor mistakes. This in turn can negatively impact their ability to perform well during a game, which can lead to inconsistent performance.
While it’s not unusual for competitive sports athletes to have “off days” during certain games, if it turns into a recurring, unpredictable pattern, then their performance is said to be inconsistent. Another way inconsistent performance manifests itself is the athlete performs better in practice than they do during an actual game or sporting event. In other extreme cases, an athlete can be too scared to make mistakes they avoid practice or games altogether.
There isn’t a shortage of methods competitive sports athletes will try and overcome their performance anxieties. One therapy, however, that can make a huge difference in improving sports performance is Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT).
RTT can help competitive sports athletes overcome their performance anxieties by addressing the source of their anxieties at their root. To accomplish this, an RTT therapist will instruct the athlete to communicate directly with their subconscious mind and identify the mental roadblocks that are getting in the way of their performance. The RTT therapist will then help the athlete transform those limiting thoughts into positive thoughts that will work in their favor during a game rather than against. There is an 80% success rate with RTT in Sports Competition and performance.
Vickie Barkley is a practitioner of RTT who trained directly under Marisa Peer and works with competitive sports athletes to help them overcome their performance anxieties. To learn more about how RTT can be used to improve sports performance goals, contact Vickie for a discovery call.