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Tips for Breaking Free of a Slump

Tips for Breaking Free of a Slump

1. Focus on your performance instead of results. Do not become obsessed with or pay so much attention to your wins or personal statistics. Instead, focus on your actual performance such as improving your pre-at-bat routine  or enhancing your quarterback skills to read defensive formations.

2. Stop making comparisons to your competition. Don’t worry about athletes or teams that are passing you in order or rankings. Focus on small performance gains and areas you have to do to improve your game daily.

3. Stay committed to your dream in sports. When you are in a slump it is easier to question your dream and goals in sports — and other people question it as well. You must stay committed to your dream and goals. This means you have to stay patient and realize what drives or motivates you to compete in your sport. Tune out the people around you who want to tell you to give up your sport and find another pursuit.

4. Change your training routine. Focus on your mental game improvement. Some athletes become so fixated on trying to improve their technique such as pitchers I work with that they go backwards in their improvement — they are trapped in a training mentality. They get lost in trying to perfect their technique. For example, instead if trying to improve performance.

5. Take some time off. Some athletes find it helpful to take a few days off from their sport to re-evaluate their situation. This also allows them the ability to return to practice/training with a fresh attitude and a recovered body.

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