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Athletes who can become honestly self-aware of their strengths and weaknesses can develop their ability to be consistent and ultimately control performance. Athletes who can control activation; anxiety, concentration, and motivation can control performance. Simply put, being self-aware involves having knowledge and perception of one’s own:

  • Strengths and weaknesses

  • Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors (T.A.P.)

  • Motivation

  • Habits

  • Values and beliefs


A lack of self-awareness may lead athletes to struggle to regulate their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as assert self-control when needed.  It may even cost an athlete by letting negative thoughts or emotions spiral out of control and getting distracted.

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