Happy Monday morning,
Have you finished your Monday morning routine?
Snooze button 3 times – Check.
Roll out of bed – Check.
Read The Monday Morning Motivator while taking the dog for walk – Check.
Workout & shower – Check.
Choose & put on wardrobe – Check.
Coffee & snack – Check.
I was reminiscing about all of my daughters swim meets I attended (now officially being an empty-nester), and how we all we have routines to get prepared for events. Every swimmer had their own system before getting onto the starting block. Some jumped, some swung their arms like windmills on the deck, some slapped their legs, while others stared intently at the water with their head down.
What is your “get ready for the podium routine”? World class athletes have world class routines. Pre-game rituals for professional athletes can be as simple as putting a hockey stick in the toilet or to having the same pre-game meal of chicken and pasta.
According to the Australian Sports Federation, pre-game rituals have 3 benefits:
1. Get ‘in the zone.’ The main purpose of a mental routine is to get you into the right mindset.
2. Increase your confidence & control your mental energy. You feel more in control and rituals increases confidence.
3. Narrow your focus & create certainty. Technical cues such as breathing exercises direct your attention towards the things you can control.