How important is “POSITIVE THINKING” to an athlete’s development?

Posted: 2014/02/05 in From the perspective of an Archery Coach.

The short answer is extremely, very, and it’s right at the top of the list.

There, I said it. I simply have to be on crack. Feel free to chime in and tell me, if you think so.

However, a recent study has made some interesting observations. It seems that two groups of people were tested to establish a baseline in regard to physical conditioning. Then, the first group was put to the task of physically training, having been provided a closely monitored daily routine. The second group, provided with entirely different instructions, was put to the task of doing nothing more than thinking about exercise for the same periods of time, each day. But, there was a single point of difference introduced to group two and that was what to do upon waking each morning.

Apparently, the human brain learns and can be physically altered by the creation of new neural pathways at no better time of day.


We, as human beings, can be programmed to function better at a subconscious level to increase or enhance the physical level of performance.


The outcome of the study showed that persons who thought about the physical processes, trained within their heads while focusing on technique faired better or, in other words, demonstrated a higher percentile of improvement when tested a second time weeks later.

So, back to a morning ritual of about 10 minutes and how it can be an important part of your personal development.

Try this… Each morning as you wake, think, focus on the things you need to work on, in regard to technique. Run through whatever it is, visualizing it over and over again. Talk to yourself, walk yourself through each tiny, tiny step, establish a mental routine then keep tabs on your physical performance.

Log the progress, bet you’ll see a marked improvement in no time at all.

Imagine that… you can practice in bed!

Now, tell me what you think this technique will do for you… works for me!


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