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Mindset: The buzzword in sports

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Tony Silvio new author
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19th March, 2023

If you’re an athlete or a sports enthusiast, you’ve likely heard the term “mindset” thrown around quite a bit. It’s the latest buzzword in conversations about sports, and for a good reason.

Mindset is essential for success in any athletic pursuit, but what exactly is it?

At its core, mindset is our self-talk. It’s the inner voice that speaks to us throughout the day, shaping our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us.

When things are going well, that self-talk is working for you. You feel invincible, your inner dialogue is positive, and your results mirror that thought process.

However, when things aren’t going well, that self-talk turns and eats away at our confidence, then eventually our performance.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when their self-talk becomes negative is trying to silence that inner voice. Unfortunately, that inner voice cannot be silenced, and when you do try to silence it, that inner voice gets louder and louder. So, what’s the solution?

The key is to switch the narrative from negative to positive.


Athletes have been using mindset techniques for decades to enhance their performance. From visualisation to self-affirmation, the right mindset can be the difference between winning and losing.

For instance, Michael Jordan, the famous basketball player, had an unshakable belief in himself that allowed him to push through challenges and setbacks.

Another example is Serena Williams, the legendary tennis player, who attributes much of her success to her unyielding mindset and mental toughness.

In recent years, more and more athletes and sporting associations have recognised the importance of mindset in achieving peak performance. By embracing the power of positive self-talk, athletes can build resilience, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals.

Take, for example, the US Women’s football team, which used mindset training to win the World Cup in 2019. By focusing on positive self-talk and visualisation techniques, they were able to overcome their opponents and win the championship.

In conclusion, mindset is the buzzword in sports for a good reason. Our self-talk shapes our beliefs about ourselves and our abilities, and the right mindset can be the difference between winning and losing.

Rather than trying to silence that inner voice, athletes should focus on switching the narrative from negative to positive. By doing so, they can build resilience, overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals, just like the athletes who have come before them.