Step 2 – Ask yourself what you notice or what you say to yourself when you are playing well. List these comments on the positive side of the line.
Step 3 – Repeat for what you notice or say to yourself when you are playing poorly and list on the negative side of the line.
Step 4 – Draw a curving line (as demonstrated in the example) as your concentration moves from one side to the other.
Step 5 – Challenge yourself to recognise when you cross the line from positive to negative. Your goal is to develop a strategy to snap out of the negative side and return back over to the positive as quickly as possible.
Recognise when you have crossed the line
Use a cue word or trigger to “snap back” across the line
Control breathing and use eyes to find the ball
Communicate with or encourage team mate
The most important thing is to recognise when you are on the negative side of the line and “snap back” to the positive as soon as possible.
The video below is used with atheletes to demonstrate the “Next Play Speed” concept of concentration.