Sports Psychology Articles
Tip #1: Turn it into a series of games
Joe Simpson was left for dead high up in the Andes Mountains after he fell into a crevasse and his climbing partner made the unenviable decision to cut the rope that held them together*. Simon Yates had held on for as long as he could, but he was slipping towards the crevasse himself and Joe was unresponsive on the other end, dangling into the abyss. Rather than both die, Simon had to cut the rope and live with the sickening knowledge that Joe was dead.
But Joe was not dead.
Have you ever been so close to your goal that you could almost taste victory … but you fell just short? Those near misses, almost’s, not quite’s are familiar to all of us and can be very frustrating and disappointing. Nobel Prize winning behavioural economists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky investigated this feeling back in the 19080’s.
What are the things that make you weep? Maybe its battling with losing that race after you trained so hard for it, maybe it’s trying to fit in the 101 things you need to do everyday and still find time for yourself… The really important question is: how do we turn these struggles in to something beautiful?