Sometimes in more individually oriented sports like tennis and golf, players often find themselves spiralling down a negative mindset which in return affects their playing and performance. They find themselves hitting a bad shot and then throughout the whole round they’re stuck on that shot which distracts them and takes away their focus. I was interested in this question since I play both tennis and golf, and find myself spiralling down that negative mindset. I waste my time struggling to come back from the negative mindset and searching for the reason behind what I’m doing wrong rather than enjoying the sports I love.
In my research, I found yes, thinking positively opens your mind and helps it function at the capacity of 31% more than it does with a poor mindset or with a mindset at a relaxed state. Having a better outlook on life can open up your opportunities and train yourself to have better reaction times to your gut feeling with flight or fight since it’s not always ready to fight or flight but rather trains your instincts better and more prepared. It shows that your brain can function more properly and will think better and even with doctors it helps them function 19% better to make a better diagnosis. With a better outlook, your body can relax and perform the things it was trained to do rather than trying to hurry and get it over with your body thinks more clearly and is more open to more opportunities and new experiences, and working better in a team setting.