It is the eve of the Scottish Premier League Cup Final. Working with Spartans doing performance psychology, I am extremely excited in helping them in the quest to win the cup. Spartans face Glasgow City at Alloa's Recreation Park tomorrow night, Wednesday 29th of May, at 730pm.
"That is why cup finals are so special because on the day anyone can beat anyone". Ian Rush.
The team who gives their all for 90 minutes; has the right attitude and works together has the best chance at lifting the cup.
"Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships" Michael Jordan
Team work is the ability to work together towards a common vision. (Winning the cup and enjoying it). "The ability to direct each other towards the one goal is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results" - Andrew Carnegie.
Visualising success up until kick off will increase chances, and by practising in your mind, will help your body train for peak performance. Visualise what you do best, and how you contribute to your team. Feel it and believe it. Believe in yourself. Believe in each other. Imagine lifting the cup at the end of the game and how good that will feel. Imagine the things you could do to get you there. Enjoy that feeling.
Getting over a mistake instantly and concentrating in the positive things you do will help you to perform better. Also by noticing the good things that your team mates do rather than getting annoyed at mistakes, helps create a positive environment and a good feeling which will also help success. This is a very important part of team work - making your team mates feel valued, playing for each other and the pride of the badge.
Lastly and most importantly, please enjoy the big stage! Being in a cup final is exciting and should be fun! Enjoy the hard work! Enjoy showcasing your skills and your techniques. Enjoy the great game and enjoy working hard for each other. Playing in the moment, just like you did as a kid...no distractions, no fear, no hesitation. Enjoying every moment. Playing in the moment. To win the cup.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.