1. Commit to Performance Improvement
In this first video, Roger and Steve talk about the importance of having the desire to commit to your chosen goal. They explain the need to give a goal a higher level of importance, higher than anything else in your life. They go on to ask you to work out what your personal motivation is by asking you what your personal WHY? might be. Understanding your personal drivers towards success goals is imperative when it comes to committing to what otherwise might seem like a daunting dream. They will ask you what your needs are and how you can use this emotional clarity to not only get through tough times but to thrive in more positive times.
What is your WHY?
Roger and Steve follow this with the first of the practices - to leverage your intentions by finding a friend to share your journey with, a performance buddy, they ask you to share your WHY with them.
To conclude this first video, you will be asked to identify the performance GAP between where you are now and where you want to be. What is Your vision of success? Establishing clarity will help you make the most of the rest of this Mind-Setting programme.
2. Creating Empowering Beliefs
A topic that is so important that you have to have it if you want to deliver any kind of performance in sport, Roger states. Great athletes simply exude self belief… But is that something that they are given or do they need to build it?
Roger and Steve introduce the concept that you can build this inner confidence for yourself too. The process starts with the recognition that you can so easily get it wrong (if you are not aware) and if not prepared can implode when under pressure, if the internal dialogue that Roger and Steve talk about is not organised well. They then explain how to not only stop that from happening but how to build an unequivocal self belief which will stand strong, especially when under pressure. They share experiences in how this was key for them both in designing and delivering stable and strong performances and that you too can not only build this in the same way but rely on it.
Listen to Your Own Internal Dialogue
The technique begins by looking for, and listening to, the right data to give you that positive conversation - and in turn a self belief. Beginning to listen to your own internal ‘chat’ is the best way to start developing this.
And your practice for this video is to first listen to that internal dialogue and to just be aware of what conversations you are having in your own mind. Notice what happens when you make that a more positive outcome oriented conversation. Focussing on how you will feel when you reach that end goal will help you to build a positive discussion with yourself - and how you can begin this by focussing on relevant data.
3. Set Compelling Goals
In this video Steve and Roger talk about the importance of setting compelling goals. Steve explains how he loved, in sport, what he calls ‘judgement day’ and how he felt inspired by having that goal-oriented clarity that gave him a sense of purpose on a day to day basis.
Roger then develops this principle by sharing how he reflects on his sporting past and how simple life was as an athlete and how it has been a challenge in retirement from sport. Roger goes on explain how he delivered what he calls his ‘maximum performance’ by running his own ‘perfect race’ at his second Olympic Games. His medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta was his ultimate goal and that he had run his perfect race and not been affected by other people’s perspective.
Run your perfect race
Steve ends this video by explaining how, in the BackleyBlack live workshops, the team develop the thought of having a goal that is compelling enough to drag you out of bed in the morning - and how breaking down your goals into bite-sized chunks is key. Having an OUTCOME, a PERFORMANCE and also PROCESS GOALS will allow you to break this down further and make your goals seem much more manageable.
This video ends by encouraging you to revisit your end goal (or your OUTCOME GOAL) . This will also help you to align your first steps by noticing how this will make you feel in reaching that end goal. In his famous book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ , Stephen Covey highlights the need to ‘Begin With The End in Mind’. This video is a practical session on bringing this to life in your chosen direction.