Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man to ever put on a pair of sneakers. He has dominated the world of track in field over the past few years with his explosive speed and unwavering confidence. Even with all this success, hard work ethic and mental toughness, costly mistakes can jump up and bite the best of them.
No one is above the law when it comes to focusing on the task at hand. There is no substitute for being locked in and focused on what you are trying to achieve. It doesn’t matter how good of an athlete you are or how confident you feel. One of the keys to competitive success is to be able to focus on that one shot at a time, that one play right in front of you or that immediate task staring you right in the face. It may sound like the oldest cliche in the world but sometimes old rules seem to stand the test of time.
Make sure to be consistent with your focus going in to an event no matter how confident you may feel. When distractions become a road block to your success during competition its time to rededicate yourself to task at hand. You are selling yourself short if you allow your focus to wander to things like winning a game or making a putt. Focusing on the outcome of what you’re doing instead of the process of executing the task in front of you will only bring mistakes that could’ve been avoided with the right type of focus.
Sports Psychology/Mental Training from Mental Apex