Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
Going back over some old emails I found a power point presentation from a workshop held in January at the University of Wolverhampton called
The day was hosted by various academics from across the country some attached to government funded research project EROS (Emotion Regulation of Others and Self) Also in attendance were representatives from Lumie - SAD lights & Audiofuel
The Workshop Objectives of the day were
(Wolves Uni) lead the workshop discussing how professional athletes devote time to mental preparation (some seeing the upcoming race in their heads, how they will start build & finish)
-Does psychological influence performance
(as he said this Coe held his fingers up to his head)
Comments were made that “Sport psychology can help performance, the mind can be trained and like you train your body, you need to practice.”
If your mind can be trained then what state of mind do you need to be to get the best performance.
They then discussed with the audience what they do or what happens to get them in the mood / preparation for running some mentioned:
There is no correct answer to this; I can go through waves of emotions whilst running, be that through the music I’m listening to or my mood. If I’m tired or what’s happening around me.
Are there things that you can do, that can improve performance?
Dr Tom Webb spoke about what can be done to keep mentally focused, by stating that most people have New Year’s resolutions to get fit, but don’t stick to it as they don’t have a plan.
Goal setting is as important as motivation, as with out a goal then you be motivating to do nothing!
People loose interest as target are set way to high or too far into the future i.e. if you want to run a marathon that could be 6 months to a year away how do you keep going in between now & then!
He then focused on The IF & THEN PLANNING.
Andy Lane helped Christine Bleakley One Show presenter Christine Bleakley prepare to water-ski across the channel
i.e. with Fatigue management
Or when running
IF I feel I can’t run any more
THEN I’ll concentrate on my running technique or just think about the next step.
On the EROS website there is a link to check your mood & maybe highlight what is needed to get back on to your target.
Assess your own mood and get feedback
Information taken from Power Points from day & websites as stated.