The Death of Negative Thinking
From: Ian Canaway
I suspect that nobody has ever explained the concept I’m about to share with you (if you know it, that’s great!); you can use it to help improve your cricket and in fact, in almost any aspect of your life.
So here goes…
“Never think to yourself…”
negative commands such as “don’t” or “can’t”…
e.g. “don’t get out now”, “don’t hit it in the air and get caught, “don’t miss the ball” or “don’t drop the easy catch”…
Well, to process a thought or command such as, “don’t get out now” when you’re batting for example, your brain must first process the thought of getting out, before it can think about NOT getting out. Your thought processes are,
“…don’t get out” – but your brain actually thinks about ‘getting out’. As to think about not getting out you have to think about getting out, make sense…?
“So You Actually Think About ‘Getting Out’,
Without Realising It!”
So if you follow that I think you should see the problem with this type of thought process. You’re focusing on a negative, which is the exact opposite of what you actually want. Next time when you are playing cricket (or doing anything you want to do well in), try and identify whether you unconsciously have this type of thought process and put it right!
“Here’s How You Can Solve This Common Problem…”
It’s not rocket science really, but you need to learn to replace the negative thoughts, with those which are neutral or ideally POSITIVE in relation to what you want to achieve.
For example, instead of thoughts such as, “I can’t get out now…”, replace them with thoughts such as, “I’m going to stay in and win this for my team!”, or another example such as, “don’t bowl a wide”, replace it with, “I’m going to send this batsman back to the pavilion and knock his off-stump out of the ground, right NOW!”.
Do you see how easy that is?
“It’s a much more powerful way of thinking…”
The brain is an extraordinary tool and can do amazing things, yet it’s powers are still hardly understood.
I hope you’ve found this post useful, post your thoughts and comments below. Oh and if you know anyone who would find this post useful, send them a link 😉All the best,
P.S. Now go play some cricket!
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