Talk to Make You More Competitive in Volleyball
How to use positive self talk to improve performance?
Athletes who are physically more gifted than their
competitors sometimes express their frustration that they are beaten by
physically and athletically less gifted competition.
Often in these
cases an athlete's belief limits their ability to surpass the
Athlete’s beliefs start limiting the performance when
s/he starts thinking negatively:
“I will never be as good as she is”
“I could never jump serve like he does.”
“I can’t move as quick as she does.”
"Why I am always missing the serves in the match."
Instead of having negative thoughts an athlete need to use positive
affirmations to improve the performance.
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What is the
purpose of self talk?
Self affirmations help athlete to perform at the highest possible level
in the competition.
They can be used to help
athlete to stay fully
on the training or the specific situation in the
They could also help athlete to
close out previous mistakes or unsuccessful experiences
which may come on thoughts at times.
The purpose of affirmations and self talk is to make the performance automatic
but still having feeling and thoughts in it – those feelings and
thoughts just need to be positive ones.
Read the examples below.
Affirmations – How to Build Up Your Confidence in Volleyball?
is repeating positive statements to yourself
“I have passed toughest jump servers successfully over and over again
in practice - I know I am able to pass them directly to the setter in
“When I see the opponent sending me a jump serve in
the match, I will be calm because I know I am capable of passing it
straight to the setter. I have already proved it in the
Affirmations in the Practice or Competition
The shorter affirmations work better in the practice or competition,
“I have practiced so I am strong.”
“I can hit hard”
can serve the jump serve." (When you say “I can serve the
it makes it even more powerful when you let the positive image of you
doing a jump serve to run in your mind while saying the phrase.)
When you talk to yourself, you could also use short commands
“Got to stay focused!”
“Move your feet!”
“Don’t guess, react!"
"Read the hitter."
"Move under the ball."
“Repeat that serve.”
“Now dig the ball again.”
“Hard work pays off”, etc.
Practice Self Talk by Yourself?
The athlete should use positive self-talk during the practices or matches
The athlete could also use positive self-talk to prepare for practices and
How to do it?
athlete sits comfortably in the chair, focuses to close
else out, totally relaxes for 5-20 minutes and repeats one affirmation
(or more of them) after another.
could make this process even more powerful by recording a
skill, saving the skill in the video clip multiple times in a row, and
watching this clip, while
repeating or listening the affirmations.
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