Ability to forget the past mistakes.
One of the most important strategies of champions is the ability to forget their mistakes. The more
you think and visualize the good shots, the more likely it will happen again. When you shoot a bad
shot, get over it and move on quickly. Visualize the next shot. Feel free to feel good when you
make a nice shot. Make notes in your mind and reward your self by enjoying the feeling.
Positive Self Talk and Imagery
To be a champion you must use your inner-mind to guide you. Think positive thoughts and imagine
what a good shot would look like. You must think positive thoughts and keep your focus. Allow
your self to gather concentration and learn to turn your mind quickly.
A mental Program that focus on what you think
Many top shooters learned to developed a mental program to occupy their mind so that it doesnít
have time to think critically. It helps the shooter to keep their focus and in total concentration and
perform the shot with consistency. The mental program gives them a series of conscious thoughts
to follow throughout the shot.
Ability to focus on the match
Discipline is the key word here. Learn to stay focused. Donít think about the winning or the loosing
outcome of the match. Stop your mind from drifting away. Get back on track and stay with your
Love the Pressure of the Competition
To have fun and succeed, you will have to love the pressure of competition. Anxiety, nerves and
pressure are all normal and positive feelings. Like what people say, " shooting with nerves is like
shooting in the rain. " Everyone feels it, your competitors feels it too. Youíll just have to focus and
take your best shot at it. Know that your mind is faster and your senses are heightened, putting you
in a Alert Mood. You should be able to concentrate better and perform better. If you are still
overwhelmed by your feelings and pressure, then, the only easy way out is to loose the match.
Think, Is that the outcome you had prepared for? Or, would you rather enjoy the sport and the
Shoot your average
It is very important that as an archer, you must learn to be consistent. Donít try to shoot better or
stranger than normal. Your arrow will go in different places. Donít try to shoot better when you are
behind and relax when you are ahead. Just shoot your same old shots in the same old style. Take
one shot at a time carefully, like the way you had always practiced and good shots will always
Be prepared for anything
To be successful in Olympic Round competition you must be prepared for anything that could
happen. This could include extra clothing for the inclement weather. There is no time for surprises
in an Olympic Round. You must be prepared to deal with them so that you can keep your focus.
Identify your mental errors and other mistakes. Think positive thoughts and focus on your shots.
Rehearse a mental program that tells you what to think and imagine. You will perform and enjoy
the competition much more, if you can develop the right discipline and good practice.
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