How do you make yourself stronger

Self-reflection: this is how you make yourself stronger!

Self-reflection: athletic trainer, technical trainer, tactical trainer, mental trainer ... They all play an important role in making you as successful as possible in sports. But you have probably used the potential of the most important coach far too seldom. You wonder who that is? You're the one. Nobody knows you as well as you do. Nobody can analyze you as well as you can. And yet many athletes keep failing to really exploit this potential. All you need is one regular habit: self-reflection.

Self reflection definition

Self-reflection is nothing more than the ability to be aware of how you behave, how you feel and what you think. So you are able to analyze everything you do. Like a trainer. Just with a lot more insight than any other trainer, because you can really look inside yourself.

Please don't get this wrong. This does not mean that self-reflection makes all other trainers obsolete. But on the contrary. The more reflective you are, the better the cooperation with your trainers will be. It is not for nothing that self-reflection is a big topic for educators, in education and in nursing.

Nobody can look inside you from the outside and analyze your thoughts and feelings. It is all the more important that you take on this part yourself. Not only to make the work of your coaching team easier, but above all to avoid wasting your potential.

Learn to recognize what is really holding you back and what makes you fail

Self-reflection helps you to recognize what is really holding you back and what has failed you so far. This is not about the obvious points, the small or big mistakes that many recognize from the outside when they look at your competitive performance. It's about everything that's hidden beneath the surface. Your negative beliefs, your thoughts with which you sabotage yourself, your uncontrolled emotions and feelings, your worries and doubts.

Only you know what you were really thinking in certain situations. Only you know how you felt in certain situations. Accordingly, you are the only person who can really analyze all of this.

Self-reflection example

Here is an example to better understand the importance of self-reflection:

Imagine that you are in the middle of a competition and you make a serious mistake that costs you the victory. A mistake that you have not or never made in training for a long time. The error was not caused by bad technology or wrong tactics. You've trained all of this a thousand times. What you can't see from the outside, however, is perhaps your subconscious fear of failure and the simple doubt: "I don't know if I can do it!"

Without self-reflection, you are now only working on what was not the cause of your mistake anyway. You are trying desperately to improve your technique or tactics, only to find out in the next competition that you are making another unnecessary mistake. Why? Because the subconscious fear and self-doubt are still there and you haven't worked on it.

Learn to reflect on the experience!

"We don't learn by experience ... we learn by reflecting on our experiences." (John Dewey)

It is only when you look inward and analyze your thoughts and feelings that you realize what the real cause of your failure is. This is the only way you can eliminate what keeps holding you back.

Self-reflection test

But self-reflection is not just about discovering negative aspects and finding weak points. This also gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at everything that is already working well. If everything just works in the next training unit, then you should not just accept it, but also analyze your thinking, feeling and acting here. After all, you've obviously got a lot right and it would be an advantage if you managed to do it as often as possible.

Whenever you reflect on yourself and your achievements, you are not just looking for what is not going well. You are also looking for all your strengths, successes and positive experiences, because they too are often forgotten.

Self reflection questions

It often doesn't take more than three simple questions to separate your mental and emotional processes:

● What went well?
● What didn't go so well?
● What can I do better next time?

In this way you cover all important areas of self-reflection

● You recognize your strengths and perceive your successes
● You reveal weak points
● You learn from every situation and become better as a result

However, this routine can help you not only after individual training sessions or competitions, but also especially at the end of the year. Far too often we just move on to the new year without taking away the gifts from the previous year. Because no matter what happened, one thing is certain: you have celebrated successes and you have made mistakes.

Learn to self-reflect

Without self-reflection, however, it will be nothing more than a memory. Only when you take a closer look do you notice what you can really learn from the last few months. You will recognize your progress and see exactly which challenges you should still work on now. Thus, self-reflection also provides you with the best possible basis for your future goals.

Author: Patrick Thiele

As a mental trainer, Patrick Thiele helps professional athletes to find access to their own potential and to build a real champions mindset without failing at themselves.

Because mental training is the key to success.

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