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Get the Mental Edge For Wrestling - Part 2 of 2


Nick Samuel

After you know what you are telling yourself, you will need to respond right after every comment. Your goal is to stop with the negative comments all together and to replace them with positive comments or at the very worst, a comment that is neutral. If you only speak with negative comments then you are going to sabotage your efforts.

Some examples of what do are the following.

"I am so dumb for making that mistake." This would be a negative comment. Instead you should use this. "It's OK, I made a mistake, everyone makes mistakes and I am going to learn from it, so that I don't do it again." While it might be a bit longer than the original comment it is far better for your psyche.

"I can't beat that guy because he is so big and strong." This is a common thing to hear when you coach high school wrestlers. The best way to counter it is to say the following, "Technique beats strength any day and my technique is very solid, I know I have worked out much more than this guy." Or another example would be, "Just because he is big doesn't mean anything. I am in much better shape than him and I am going to make him pay for it in the match."

These are just a few of the things that you can do to help you when you wrestle. They are by no means the only things that you can do but they are very important for you to start to do better. When you combine these tips with the wrestling practice that you are going to do, you are going to start to have more success. You won't be able to win a lot by just using these mental tips since they won't be able to help you with your strength, conditioning and knowledge of moves. However, you can add an extra mental edge over your opponents when you combine both the physical practice and the mental practice. Having a strong mind is the basis of any champion.

Nick Samuel is quite the computer nerd. Not only is he interested in computers but he is knowledgeable in martial arts, wrestling, relationships, and working out.

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