Who likes making mistakes?
When you're constantly afraid of making mistakes and overthinking your mistakes, it's like you're trapped in your own body and mind. You can't let go and be free.
From the age of 13, I was TERRIFIED of making mistakes. I fell out of love with the game, and was so close to quitting. I wasn't able to let loose and play free. My worrying was trapping me mentally.
I know many of you have that same problem. You think to yourself, "What if I make a mistake? What if my coach yells at me? What if I let my teammates down?" This automatically puts yourself in a box to where you won't allow yourself to play free.
It's really hard to play at your full potential when you are thinking this. You need to be okay with making mistakes.
How can you stop overthinking your mistakes?
#1: Before a game or practice, set an intention
Set an intention that you will let loose and play and know you will make mistakes and that's okay. Tell yourself that you are going to go out and have fun.
#2: See your mistakes as an opportunity
Instead of thinking of your mistakes as a bad thing, see your mistakes as an opportunity to learn and get better. Take a deep breath, and continue to play.
#3: Celebrate your wins
Instead of focusing on all the mistakes you made, focus on the things that you did well. Think about three good things that you did well during the game or practice. Make a point to focus on the positive.
If you have any additional questions, please let me know by sending me a DM on Instagram @shayhaddow. This is one of the main things that we talk about in our confidence coaching calls.