Assessing mental skills

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work around performance profiling. What does that mean? Performance profiling is a way of profiling the important aspects of your sport. It helps you to figure out where you are with the key elements of your sport so you can figure out how to progress and improve in your performance.

The process of performance profiling is something I do with athletes and it’s something as an athlete you can do on your own. It’s a good assessment tool because it provides a good sense of what you feel the most important skills to excel.

1. Write down all the important mental elements you feel you need to be successful in your sport.

2. Write down all the important physical elements you feel you need to be successful in your sport.

3. Choose the top 5 mental & 5 physical skills. On a sheet of paper, in the rows, write down those 10 key skills you need to excel in your sport.

4. Across the top of  your paper write 1-10 spacing them out just a little bit. On the scale, 1 means ‘not very’ and 10 means ‘very much’.

5. Find three different color pencils, pens, crayons, etc.

6. Go down the list of your 10 key skills. Where are you currently with that skill? Choose a color for where you are currently and put an X.

7. Go down the list of your 10 key skills. Where do you need to be to excel with each of the skills? Choose a different color for where you want to be and put an X.

8. The third color is to draw a line between where you currently are and where you want to be to excel in your sport.

9. Choose 1 mental & 1 physical skill to work on. It’s better to work on developing a couple/few skills at a time rather than all 10.

10. Next week I will talk about how you can develop SMART goals to help move you towards improvement of your skills. Goal setting helps you develop a ‘plan’.

This week try developing your profile.

Dr. Michelle

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