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Talk Yourself Into A Good Game

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Have you ever wondered how rah-rah pep talks can move athletes toward great performances? It’s because the athletes themselves have an innate desire to perform well and that outside stimuli merely provides an emotional shove.

Officials too may benefit from a pep talk, and psychologists say that the most persuasive talks are those we give ourselves. People often have maps in their heads of how they are going to perform. Those blueprints may have been inscribed by previous experiences, including training (overt) or subtle conditioning (covert), or they may be outlined by deliberate (or inadvertent) self-programming.

Here are some axioms that can help program people into operating in positive and productive modes. The suggestions are from a list offered by Minneapolis author and columnist Harvey Mackay and can be applied to the outlook of sports officials.

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