Cricket Self Talk

Talk to yourself

Also known as self-talk, self-talk is simply the way you talk to yourself inside your head. You worry about a bad tackle, you congratulate yourself after a good result, you even tell yourself how sexy you look in fresh, clean whites. People do it every day, but mostly it’s negative. Most people use low-energy self-talk too much. Blame yourself, punish yourself. “I’m not good enough”, “I’m too tired”, “I can’t”. This low energy talk is one of the main causes of poor performance. If you say something to yourself often enough, you will start to believe it. It may not be true, but you will certainly believe it is.

High-energy words promote high-energy thoughts, and unlike low-energy words, you can practice using high-energy words until your thoughts and emotions adapt better. Then your cricket becomes a positive, high-energy experience.

If you have negative beliefs, you have a negative self-talk that will confirm the negative belief and so on. You must be aware of your internal dialogue. While positive thinking may not always work, negative thinking almost always does. Put aside self-pity and accept responsibility for change. If the voice you use doesn’t support you, change it.

A major problem for athletes is the repeated insistence on poor performance. This memory leads to negative self-talk along with emotional distress. Your mind may remember similar bad events. Allowing the past to affect you instead of focusing on the present only slows you down. You suffer from tight muscles, loss of energy, poor coordination, which add to poor performance.

Be good to yourself when you talk to yourself by speaking positively. Make mental pictures of yourself being a total success. See yourself taking those lands, hear the congratulations from your teammates and the applause from the spectators, and feel how good you feel when you practice being a winner. Mental rehearsal is the best alternative to being successful, so do it as often as you can and review it with positive self-talk. You will be delighted when you see those improvements.

What do you say to yourself when things go wrong?

What do you say to yourself when faced with a challenge?

The secret is that a confident cricketer will speak differently to himself than one who lacks that confidence, even though he performs equally well. Playing with confidence gives you the security of enjoying every minute and it will be reflected in your game. Without that confidence, another player can always feel unprepared, nervous, indecisive. Then those thoughts will reinforce those beliefs. So you see how vital positive and confident self-talk is.

Internal dialogue after a good performance:

Confident Cricketer – Unconfident Cricketer

I am so. It was lucky.

I always act like this. Was once

I will be the same next time. I can’t do that again.

Self-talk after poor performance:

Confident Cricketer – Unconfident Cricketer

It was lucky. I am so.

It was something unique. I always act like this.

I can’t do that again. I will be the same next time.

Research tells us that a ratio of three to four positive thoughts to each negative one contributes to better performance. Keep track of the positive or negative thoughts you have about yourself so that you can shift your negative thinking into a more positive perspective. Whatever problems you’ve ever had, when you think about it in the future, how will it make you feel?

Making positive affirmations (self-statements) will help you feel more confident, but to work effectively, these affirmations must be inspiring and practical. Boastful statements like “I am the wicket’s greatest keeper” or “No one can bowl like me” turn into banana skins as they do not work in the real world and are in fact fruitless, distracting, and eventually , you’ll end up looking dumb. Worse yet, you will lose confidence and stop using affirmations.

Using affirmations like “I am ready and ready to …” repeated slowly and thoughtfully can lead to calm, giving you a positive mindset and leading to clear thinking and good judgment.

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