Your thoughts create your feelings and your feelings create your behaviour. For this reason, the way you practice and perform is directly connected to the thoughts you are telling yourself. If you want to change your behaviour, you need to bring awareness to your thoughts.
Make a list of your negative thoughts then ask yourself, “what could I think instead?” When you answer this question, you create positive reframes that can be used to replace the negative thoughts. Once you create positive reframes, you then use them to re-program your mind. Every time you hear the negative thought, replace it with the positive reframe. Overtime, the negative thought becomes very quiet and the positive reframe becomes the dominate voice inside your head.
Here are a list of 15 negative thoughts and ways to reframe them.
|Negative Thoughts||Positive Reframe|
|I pop and circle on my jumps||I go for it every time|
|I can’t do it||My jumps are clean and consistent|
|She is better than me||I land my jumps with great speed |
|It is so much easier for |
her/him than it is for me
|I land my jumps easily and |
|I am slow||I am powerful|
|I can’t do it||I am strong|
|I am afraid to try that||I am brave|
|There are too many skaters |
|I enjoy skating with my |
|I don’t like my body||My body is fit and strong|
|It is taking me too long to get that |
|I am where I am suppose to be in |
my skating journey
|I hate morning ice||I love how quiet the ice is|
|I can’t do anything in my program||My spins are fast and well |
|I am not good enough||I did my best on the day|
|I am going to skate horrible||I trust my training|
|I can’t||I will|