5 tips to overcome mistakes in athletics

Coach Zuriel Z Lozano MS Sports & Health Sciences, international goalkeeper coach

Many goalkeepers and field players are concerned about making mistakes, losing a game, and what other people think. All of this anxiety puts a lot of strain on the player, which leads to mistakes.
Mistakes will be made; it’s all part of the game. So, what can you do if you make a mistake? Few people are able to overcome their mistakes and move on. Others, however, just do not know what to do when a mistake occurs. Here are a few pointers to help you avoid blunders.

These are brief but quite useful points.

  • Mistakes are unavoidable in any game. Things happen, no matter how hard you try not to make mistakes! Learning from your mistakes can only strengthen you psychologically.
  • Living with a mistake can destroy your concentration and weaken your confidence.
  • RE-FOCUS is the golden advice for overcoming a mistake and increasing your confidence.
  • Improve your “short memory” abilities. Move on, refocus on the game, every pass made, and communication.
  • Find a method to only worry about what is occurring now, not later or earlier, and your confidence will remain intact. Accept that YOU ARE NOT PERFECT.
    Find a routine to help you refocus after making a mistake, such as self-talk, deep breaths, or slapping yourself in the face.

Whatever routines or self-talk you do, make sure it is something that RELATES to you. Just because a celebrity on YouTube or a coach instructed you to do xyz to feel better doesn’t guarantee it will work for you; it must be yours. Accept that mistakes will occur, but learn from them and believe that they will make you a better athlete!