rachael adams Olympic athlete mindset shifts

3 Lies I Believed As An Athlete Before Learning About and Training My Mindset

✨ I had to be hard on myself to get better

I thought if I was very critical and hard on myself, never let anything that was less than perfect be good enough, and only focused on what I did wrong that I’d bring out my best. WRONG. Yeah, it got me far because I never got complacent but it also brought me down and often held me back. When we never let ourselves see the good things we do and never celebrate our mini victories or acknowledge the progress we make it chips away at our ability to build solid confidence. Yes, have a standard but don’t forget to celebrate those mini victories! 👏🏽

✨ if I’m nervous before competing that means something is wrong

➡️ truth is, being nervous is normal. I learned that the worst thing you can do is to try and push it away or try to ignore it, AND the best thing is to acknowledge its presence and embrace it as normal. Beyoncé once said, “I think it’s healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care – that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.” ✨

✨ everyone else has it all figured out

➡️ NO athlete has it ALL figured out at ALL times, I can promise that. From an Olympian to a middle school athlete, we ALL have different factors coming to attack our confidence like perfectionism, self-doubt, negative thoughts, fear of failure, mistakes, comparison, and failures. But it’s the mindset tools and strategies that athletes acquire that allow them to stay present during the game, have the awareness on what’s going in between theirs ears and are able to bounce back faster for the next play, after disappointments or after a bad game compared to other athletes. I learned that no one is immune to confidence hits, but it’s those who train the mind and acquire the tools that can triumph despite those attacks. 🧠


And that was just 3 out of 373753 things that I’ve learned along this journey! I love being able to share what I’ve learned and guide other female athletes to make their own shifts and see their own strength.

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