In cheer, similar to life, we come across moments of difficulty in a variety of ways; whether it be struggling to get grips on a new stunt, overcoming that mental block on a tumbling pass or wrapping our head around a new set of motions… but it’s how we choose to overcome these moments of difficulty that matter and there are two choices:
BELIEVE WE CAN
BELIEVE WE CAN’T
Do we let this situation defeat us or can we overcome what’s in front of us? The fear of approaching the unknown is often a scary thought, but the most important thing we can do as athletes, in particularMegaathletes, is believein ourselves. Overcoming challenges is the only way we grow!
Using positive self-talk and affirmations is a great tool in ensuring a healthy mindset moving forward. Positive self-talk is a tool we can use that should make us feel good about ourselves and what we are doing! When we are trying to nail that new stunt or tumble pass, we need to remember to use our positive voices to tell ourselves “I’ve worked so hard and I’ve improved so much!” to turn what could potentially be a negative mindset into a positive one!
When we are kind to ourselves and keep ourselves accountable for a positive mindset, we are able to set the tone of our everyday lives, which in turn helps to boost our own self-esteem and confidence!
So, what should you do if you find yourself thinking negatively? Well we need to confront our thoughts and ask these three questions:
1. Is there any REAL truth of what I’m thinking?
2. What would I tell my best friend if she said the same thing to me?
3. How can I change the way I think or feel about this specifically?
Changing your mindset will change your life. The more ‘good’ you put into yourself, the more ‘good’ will shine its way out! Remember we are our best source of motivation and inspiration… help be the positive light that leads not only yourself but your team, your friends and your family away from negative thoughts!
At the end of the day…
If we think we can or we think we can’t we will start believing what we are thinking. Wave goodbye to those negative thoughts… kindly thank them for their time and imagine them flying out the window! Think nothing but good and good will come!
- Ashley Cannon (Mega Coach)