The Power of Mindset
It is widely believed that gaining success in your chosen career is directly related to how you think about yourself.
Mindset is the way a person typically thinks about their talent and ability, how they make sense of things, their attitude, how they feel and behave.
The key is to develop a mindset where thoughts and actions become second nature.
As part of the Psychological aspect of football’s Four Corner Model, coaches can guide players with motivation for a Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is described as a belief that with hard work and experience, development and success occur. Those with a growth mindset have the desire to learn. They see failure as an opportunity to learn, and they value risk-taking.
The start of a new year is often the encouragement needed to address Goalsetting and to develop Mindset – for both Coaches and Players.
As a coach tasked with covering the psychological aspect in your role, below are some motivational goals to assist with planning and creating a success focused mindset for your players.
As an example, you may take half a practice session to cover the topic. Players can be guided to relate their goals to their football experience, what they are hoping to achieve and then to answer the question from a football perspective.
There is no wrong or correct answer, it’s simply using the exercise as a tool to gain focus and a perspective to give the player a clearer vision of where they are now and how to get to where they want to be.
For more in-depth information on understanding the power of mindset, see the world-renowned psychologist Carol S Dweck offering.