How to build a win­ning mind­set

Men's Fitness - - Trainer | George North -

DON’T WASTE MEN­TAL EN­ERGY

“Staying calm is the best way to play at your best so I re­lax as much as pos­si­ble,” says North. “I might walk the dog in the morn­ing be­fore a game. I put my feet up as much as I can be­cause I know when the time comes to per­form I have to step up and go big. Save all your en­ergy for that.”

CON­TROL THE CONTROLLABLES

“The key to per­form­ing un­der pres­sure is to pre­pare hard. I like to know ev­ery­thing from what my pre-match meal will be, to what train­ing I have to do and what my role will be - which is nor­mally to keep run­ning un­til I empty the tank. That way I can just switch on and go.”

STAY FLEX­I­BLE

“On the field I’m con­stantly scan­ning the sit­u­a­tion so I’m aware of what is go­ing on. We will have con­ver­sa­tions: ‘OK, we tried this and the op­po­si­tion didn’t show the pic­ture we were hop­ing for, so let’s adapt and change on the hoof’. Al­ways stay flex­i­ble and play the sit­u­a­tion.”

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