In any process, it is
important to keep an accurate record of our reasons for beginning, our
strategies for making progress, and our relative level of
success. For athletes, one good way to accomplish this is to keep
a daily journal of thoughts, feelings, and physical performance before,
during, and after practices and games. Just like the Captain's
logs of olden sailing days, an athlete's log tracks the progress made
on a daily basis. Then, at the conclusion of the exercise, we can
"map" our success, in a very concrete way.
Just as Behaviorists
utilize recorded data to analyze and interpret accomplishments, you
will have extensive information tracking your progress. We will
or analyze your data to the extent it would be done in a lab, but
nevertheless, you will have quite an accurate record of your progress
when you are through. Remember: it is very important to take
these exercises seriously if we truly want to benefit from the
~ Make up a format that you can transfer easily to sheets
of notebook paper that follows the following structure. (You could
just print this page,
number the items below, and then number your paper each day with
corresponding numbers.) Then, each day, before AND after
practices and games, jot down the answers to your questions.
Write down everything that pops into your mind, no matter how silly or
irrelevant it seems at first. Before long, you will notice
patterns appearing, and those patterns will show you more than enough
to enable you to see what stimuli
are beneficial to your improvement.
do I need to improve upon today?
What are my thoughts
about how I will perform (in practice or game) today?
come into my mind when I imagine today's activity?
How do I feel
about this activity today?
do I have as I head into this?
do I need to keep in mind so I can achieve my goals
In what ways did my skills
improve today? Am I
satisfied with my progress?
are the above assessments? Would statistics bear out my general
What are my thoughts
about how I performed today?
come to mind when I think about my performance today?
What are my feelings
about today's activity?
Did my doubts
or negative feelings
back in any way today? How will I overcome
them next time?
am I being with myself? Am I being overly negative or too lenient