Tuesday, May 05, 2009

How Mentally Tough Are You?

Find out by taking this short quiz from Competitive Advantage; Sports Psychology Services and Resources: (note: answer True or False to each...)

1) I frequently worry about mistakes.

2) I get really down on myself during performance when I mess up.

3) It's easy for me to let go of my mistakes.

4) If I start out badly, it's hard for me to turn my performance around.

5) I get distracted by what the coach thinks whenever I screw up.

6) I bounce back quickly from setbacks, bad breaks and mistakes.

7) I do my best when there's more pressure on me.

8) I get too nervous to really perform to my potential.

9) I do better in practice than I do when it really counts the most.

10) I tend to get easily psyched out or intimidated.

11) I can keep myself calm and composed under pressure.

12) I don't want the ball/dread competing at "crunch time." (big game/race).

13) The coach's yelling knocks me off my game.

14) I tend to get easily distracted.

15) Certain opponents can get into my head and throw me off my game.

16) Lousy playing conditions (weather, field conditions, temperature, etc.) negatively affect me.

17) I have no trouble focusing on what's important and blocking everything else out.

18) I think too much about what could go wrong right before and during performance, (the "what if's").

19) One or two failures do not shake my confidence.

20) I tend to compare myself too much with teammates and opponents.

21) I'd rather compete against a better opponent and lose than go up against a weaker opponent and win.

22) I am a confident and self-assured athlete.

23) I tend to be too negative.

24) I have trouble dealing with negative self-talk (thoughts).

25) I get more motivated after failures and setbacks.

26) It's easy for me to consistently train at a high level of intensity.

27) I think about how today's practice will help me get to my goals.

28) I find myself just going through the motions a lot in practice.

29) I have clear goals that are important for me to achieve.

30) I am a highly motivated athlete.

Now go to their web site and check your answers in the evaluation section. I'm not telling you my score, but I've got work to do. Onward and upward...

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