Sport psychology–or performance psychology–is concerned with two things:
- right now, in this exact moment, how to perform at your peak, and
- how to improve faster than your opponents.
This might sound a lot like self-improvement. And that’s correct. In my opinion this is all about how to be all you can be, and finding a way to fulfill your potential.
There are a lot of self-improvement self-help books, gurus, videos, and what not floating around the internet. What makes sport psychology any different? Well for starters, most everything you will read is either a philosophy or an anecdote (collection of experiences).
Whereas, sport psychology is the science of human improvement.
We are concerned with the nuts and bolts of the mind-body connection, and with concrete measurable results.
As we dive into the tools and techniques I use in pursuit of optimal performance, I want to highlight why I start first and foremost with tools that help you do something.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
~Confucius, the original self-help guru