But as I researched this Chapter, I discovered that performance was increased even greater for athletes when they used instructional self-talk. It is a method that involves telling yourself what to do during the course of the athletic maneuver.
You may have experienced a particular exercise that gives you difficulty. I have two: pull-ups and handstands.
I used to have a huge mental block at performing these exercises, but, through motivational self-talk, I am able to persevere through them. But I’d like to do more than persevere. I want to excel.
With pull-ups, for example, I now know and believe that if I can talk myself through the proper pull-up form (for example, kicking my legs back to increase my forward momentum) that my performance should increase.
The same research is also confirmed outside of sports and in many areas of our lives. Positive self-talk, both motivational and instructional, improves our skills in a variety of actions and relationships.
Whether it’s expending and developing an everyday skill such as cooking or confronting that difficult family member or coworker, positive self-talk can make all of our endeavors a more successful experience.
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