Individual Aspects of Performance
Individual aspects of performance relates to things personal to each athlete such as motivation, personality, behaviour and attitudes. For example some people can 'psych' themselves up easily, some are more laid back. Some athletes perform well under pressure but others prefer to take a more relaxed approach and not put themselves under additional pressure. Understanding how peoples personalities differ can help when designing competition and training plans as well as preparing mentally for peak performance.
The aim of this section is to understand how an individuals personality affects their motivation and includes need to achieve vs fear of failure, self-confidence, and experience. Some people are more naturally driven to achieve set goals than others. These people like to push and challenge themselves.
- Written by Mike Walden