Many players are guilty of what is termed as ‘time travel’ during a game:
Do you ever fall into the trap of focusing on mistakes?
If you allow yourself to be distracted by a previous mistake or play in the game and dwell on it, you are concentrating on past events and subsequently, not what’s currently happening in game.
Do you get caught focusing too far into the future? Do you play the what if game? What if I miss, what if we’re beat? what if I make a mistake?
Focusing on future events also negatively affects concentration.
It’s important to recognise when your concentration lapses and develop methods to help you sway back to being fully immersed in what’s happening in the present moment.
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.
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