Dr. J here,
Thinking about positive things can really change the way you feel. Athletes especially need to think about good things during competition. You should try to think you are going to make the next basket in basketball or bowl the next strike in bowling or win the next race or competition. The next time you are thinking about bad things, in life or in competition, try these easy steps to change your thoughts:
What are you thinking about? Is it a good thought or a bad thought?
CHANGE THE BAD THOUGHTS
- If you are having bad thoughts, change them to something positive or good. If you are having good thoughts, keep thinking about those good ideas.
- Keep thinking about the good thoughts… think about yourself making the basketball in the hoop, think about knocking all the bowling pins down, think about running your fastest on the track, think about doing something good. This should change your bad thoughts to good thoughts.
Try this at your next practice or competition! Also, try this during the day. If you are feeling bad or sad or mad, try these three easy steps to change any bad thoughts. Good thoughts will often bring good feelings. I hope it is a positive week for you!
Until next time,
Dr. Jordan L. Nordquist
Board Certified General Psychiatrist
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist