There are three options we have for dealing with our thoughts. We can ignore them, challenge them, or delve into them. Learning when to choose each of these approaches is a key component of building helpful self-talk. That can be a game changer for young athletes and others who have to spend a lot of time making decisions and judgment calls in their own heads, which is why learning to do it in a productive way is critical.
This week, Amanda Myrhrberg talks about the importance of useful thought processes and why we should focus on expanding our comfort zone, rather than breaking out of it. She’s the owner of A Game Sport Psychology Consulting, where she uses mental performance training to help young athletes and others “bring their A game.” Her goal is to build confident, comfortable, and thoughtful athletes who know how to face challenges head on and learn to overcome them.
Key Moments You Don’t Want to Miss:
- Passion and Profession How Amanda Myhrberg merged her family’s tradition of going into medicine with her lifelong love of sports
- Mental and Physical Why it’s important to take a holistic look at challenges, making sure both the mind and body are taken into consideration
- Thought Processes Why it’s important to learn how to handle your thoughts appropriately, depending on the situation
- The Comfort Zone Why she doesn’t like the term “getting out of your comfort zone” and prefers to focus on making it larger
What You’ll Learn:
- Practice helpful self-talk
- Fuel your body in healthy ways for good results
- Build time management skills into routine
- Approach social media with a critical eye
- Expand your comfort zone
“Getting [young athletes] to understand where their control is at is a really good first step in getting that awareness up because they think a lot of things are out of their control.” -Amanda Myhrberg
“Let’s expand our comfort zone. We perform best when we’re comfortable, when we’re confident, when we’re sure of our own skills. When we get out of our comfort zones, that’s where anxiety comes in, that’s where doubt comes in. We want to expand it, so your comfort zone gets larger and larger, so that no matter what comes your way, you feel ready to take it on.” -Amanda Myhrberg
- You can find out more about Amanda Myhrberg and her work on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @AGame_SP, and on her website, https://www.agamesportpsych.com/.