Achieve a mindset of a champion, enhance motivation and develop self-confidence for sports performance:

Most athletes give up when trailing on the scoreboard, their self confidence dips, and teams lose motivation easily. There are only a very few athletes that can come from behind to win. These athletes think differently, they possess a mindset of a champion when faced with adversity. They are not mentally defeated just because they are trailing.

It is time to change our mindset, and the way we think about competition and use every bit of advantage we have when trailing. Obviously we don't want to be behind on the scoreboard, but there is a likely chance of that happening at some point during a sports game or tournament. 

Let's take a look at some benefits of trailing on the scoreboard.

1. SPECIFIC FOCUS. Laser like focus is a huge plus for any athlete or team. The biggest advantage a trailing athlete has is a specific number of points they need to attain to tie or take the lead. This helps mentally as you now gain focus on what is needed to get there. For example, if you know your team needs 1 Touchdown or two 3 pointers instead of field goals, it gives your mind a sense of direction toward that goal. Our minds need instruction, the more specific, the more likely it will happen.

2. CREATES A SENSE OF URGENCY. Building on #1, the trailing team now has a sense of urgency to get after it. Athletes often play it safe early on in matches, quarters, or games. The reason being most athletes are afraid to make a mistake, and most teams hold back. This is not true for all scenarios but most athletes or teams stay away from taking risks early on. Once the competition starts to unfold, the trailing team might be more willing to take risks or have a stronger sense of urgency to put points on the board. The risk factor declines since they are already trailing. 

3. OPPONENTS SLOW DOWN AFTER LEADING. There is so much pressure to win that athletes take their foot off the gas pedal when leading. They want to protect the victory. Once athletes take a marginal lead they play to not give up the lead instead of building on it. This is the incorrect mindset, and hurts athletes in so many ways because they do not learn how to 'seal victory'. It is much easier to score on or pass a competitor who is playing on their heels. 

4. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. You literally have nothing to lose at this point. Learn to obtain this mindset overcome hurdles and throw caution to the wind instead of getting upset that you may lose.

5. MOMENTUM WILL SHIFT. There is always ebb and flow in most games, matches, or tournaments. If a team or opponent takes a marginal lead early, it may be a combination of good play for the the winning team or misfortune for the trailing team. Great plays, penalties, or bad calls usually balance out. Once this happens momentum shifts and gives the trailing team confidence. The hard part is not letting momentum to shift back. 

Fans go to see a good game or competition. Most fans want to see the competition come down to the end, the last play, or overtime. The crowd may end up in your favor. This can play into a teams motivation and momentum. This can rattle the opposing team further building momentum and cheers from the crowd. Remember people love to root for the underdog, this includes rooting for epic comebacks. 

These are just some common examples of how trailing in a game is not the worst thing in the world. However you must keep a positive mindset, remain calm, and believe you are going to come back and win. If you don't believe you can come back and win, it is very unlikely to happen. You want your opponents to feel that self confidence. 

Be sure to work on all aspects of your game, including coming back to win, and overtime scenarios. Practicing these situations mentally and technically will pay dividends down the stretch!


HEADSHARP has developed a sports performance mobile app specifically to address these topics among others in a prioritized, systematic approach for athletes. The combination of learning, improving, shifting mindsets, and providing routines for athletes are key ways to break bad habits. 



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