As coaches and players, we understand that the game is filled with unpredictable variables. However, amidst the chaos, there are elements within our grasp that can make all the difference in our performance.

What matters is focusing on what we can control, ignoring everything we can't.

Here's a quick breakdown:

Things You Can Control in Games:

  1. Effort: Give it your all, every time.
  2. Attitude: Approach the game with positivity and determination.
  3. Self-Talk: Maintain a confident and focused inner dialogue.
  4. Body Language: Carry yourself with confidence and resilience.
  5. Attention: Stay focused on the present moment and the task at hand.
  6. Execution: Execute your plays and strategies to the best of your ability.

Things You Can't Control in Games:

  1. Winning: Focus on the process, not just the outcome.
  2. Your Opponent: Adapt to their play, but focus on your own game plan.
  3. Refs: Accept their decisions and stay focused on your performance.
  4. Fans: Tune out distractions and stay locked in on the game.
  5. Weather: Adapt to the conditions and stay mentally tough.
  6. The Past/Future: Focus on the present moment and let go of what's beyond your control.

To play your best, it's crucial to channel your energy into the things you can control. By maintaining focus, discipline, and a positive mindset, you'll maximize your potential and elevate your performance on the field. So, as you step onto the field, remember: control the controllables and let go of the rest. Easier said than done? Maybe.

But when you embrace this concept you realize your success lies in your hands.

And that's empowering.


Things you can control in sports games