The arena of competition is a pressure cooker, but Christian athletes know how to adapt and thrive in such environments. When you anchor yourself in your identity in Christ, with spiritual and mental resilience, you can ride the wave of pressure, not only surviving but thriving.
Here are four things you can do to increase that resilience.
- Challenge negative thoughts. We all have negative thoughts, but it’s important to challenge them instead of letting them take control. When you have a negative thought, ask yourself if there is any evidence to support it. Or is it just a fear or worry not based on reality? If the thought isn’t true, replace it with a more positive and realistic one.
- Focus on your strengths. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths and how you can use them to your advantage. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? By focusing on your strengths, you’re more likely to feel confident and capable.
- Visualize success. Take time each day to visualize yourself performing well and achieving your goals. See yourself breaking that record, winning that medal, or crossing the finish line. The more you imagine your future with a positive outcome, the more confidence you’ll have when your moment comes.
- Talk to someone you trust. If you’re struggling to cope with pressure, talk to someone who cares about you and whom you trust, such as a mentor or friend. Talking about your challenges can help you to gain a deeper perspective, hear how others overcame theirs, and develop a plan for handling that pressure.
By following these suggestions, you can build a stronger mental foundation to help you ride the wave of pressure, recognize your worth as a warrior and Child of God, and thrive in life.
1. Write down another thing you can do to increase your mental resilience.
2. Commit Romans 8:35 to memory.