You are either a Competitor or Fan.
This time of year wrestlers need to be extra careful of getting caught up in the "Fan Mentality." I will admit it is harder today than ever before. Rankings, seedings, predictions, forums, interviews, newspapers, box scores. Then there is social media which amplifies everything- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on and on. Then there is Trackwrestling. Interviews, matches and endless past results. Then comes the mental gymnastics we play in our mind. Well I beat this kid by 3 points, he beat him by 4, so this will be a close match.
There is one major problem with all of this hype. It doesn't help you wrestle better. Will reading my opponents past results help me finish a single leg? How about turn my opponent or get off the bottom? That's a big NO! Most wrestlers I talk to say that they wrestle their best out of state or when they don't know their opponent. There is a simple reason why. They are focusing more on themselves than their opponent.
The good news- This is a quicker fix than most mental training. Simply steer clear of the "fan mentality" and distance yourself mentally or physically from people who are involved in the hype. You are either in the circle or out of the circle. A wrestler or a spectator. You can't be both effectively.
Mindset Tip- Don't look at or talk about rankings, forums, box scores, articles, Trackwrestling until the season is over. When you have an urge to do so, watch a technique video instead or get your mindset training done. Use social media to your advantage not to add pressure. Focus on the things that will help make you a better wrestler and competitor.
Wrestling Mindset is proud to announce that we will be working with the Wolves of Newberry College for the remainder of the 2015 season. They are coached by Jason Valek (head coach). The Wolves have finished in the top four at the National Duals in five of the last six seasons with runner-up finishes in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.In 2013-14, the Wolves went 18-2 in dual action and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Division II National Tournament. B.J. Young claimed his third career All-American honor with a sixth place finish at 141 lbs. Jared Holliday at 184 lbs. and Matt Wade at heavyweight also earned All-America honors. Newberry also claimed its highest finish in the team academic standings at 15th while finishing in 16th at the national. Holliday earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and he and teammate Seiji Borja were NWCA first team All-Academic.
Wrestling season demands toughness. Each season brings ups and downs, wins and losses, good practices and bad, injuries and frustration. Your response doesn't just build character it reveals it. You have to be tough to be successful. You have to be stubborn about your goals. Expect adversity, deal with adversity and finally overcome adversity.
The wrestlers on top of the podiums in March believe that no matter what happens during the season it has made them stronger. Maybe you are not 100%. Maybe you have been beaten and bruised. Great wrestlers are the most stubborn about their goals. They believe that no matter what happens (losses, sick or even injured) they will win state and national titles in March. They are tough and continue to build Mental Toughness throughout the ups and downs of a long season.
Toughness isn't optional to be successful in wrestling. It is mandatory.
Wrestling Mindset is proud to announce that we will be working with the Fighting Scots of Edinboro University for the remainder of the 2015 season. Edinboro won their 4th consecutive PSAC Championship last season and finished 5th in the Division I NCAA tournament. They are coached by Tim Flynn (head coach), Cliff Moore and Colt Sponseller.
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