Self affirmations help athlete to perform at the highest possible level
in the competition.
They can be used to help
athlete to stay fully
focused 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.e.:
“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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