Professional athletes and amateurs alike struggle with consistency. Falling into bad habits is easy to do, even when you’re competing everyday. It’s an easy trap to enter and an even harder climb out. But there are little things you can do to ensure better overall consistency.
Sports are all about muscle memory. Continually doing the same thing over and over and over again until you’re practically doing it in your sleep. A big percentage of your effectiveness on the field or on the court is related to your movement. Practice at home if you need to, doing things like lunges, wall-sits, and crouching exercises.
The most widely used online video service is #1 for a reason, and it goes well beyond cat videos and funny pranks. YouTube has become a phenomenal source for learning just about anything. I know for golf and tennis there are thousands of hours worth of tutorials, many of which can probably solve the problems you’re having. Here’s a trick, try watching a sport right before you’re about to play it. Seeing the pros do it will get you in the right frame of mind and help you achieve.
Coaching doesn’t have to mean learning basketball from Phil Jackson. It simply means getting advice from a third party. Ask a friend you’re playing with for a simple critique, and prepare to make changes. They might not tell you what you want to hear, but that’s the whole point of a critique. The goal is to learn what you’re doing wrong, then aim to fix it.
People are busy. After working a 9 hour day, you probably won’t be bubbling with energy for your softball game at 7pm. This is normal, but it can be improved by simply getting more sleep each night. We’re not talking about 10 hours or anything crazy here, just between 7-8 hours will do fine. Being too tired when you play sports will make you resort to laziness, and that’s how inconsistency happens. Having more energy will give you more focus, which in turn improves your overall performance.
Take a Few Days Off
This may sound counter-intuitive, but when I’m having consistency issues with my tennis game the best thing I can do is take a step back and press the reset button. You don’t have to take weeks off, sometimes just a few days will do the trick. You’ll find that when you return you feel fresher and more relaxed than before.
Consistency is a tricky thing to maintain, but hopefully these tidbits of advice can help you out.
— i i i.AM-スリー m🌸 (@CashToriyama) April 23, 2017