Why do mental blocks return?

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Q: Once I beat my mental block, I fail, and then it comes right back. What do I do?​

Why Do Mental Blocks Come Back?

So this is a really tough one for athletes and parents. It’s very frustrating because mental blocks definitely go in cycles. If you’ve had a mental block, then, yes, they can come back.

The reason they come back is that athletes don’t know why they happened in the first place, and they don’t know how they got over them. It’s almost like they’re just waiting for them to go away magically. They show up every day at practice, waiting for the day where it’s like, “Okay, I’m good, I’m healed, I’m good now.”

But mental blocks happen as an accumulation of how they’re processing what’s going on around them. It’s a buildup over time of pressure and fear, and they’re just kind of waiting for it to go away. But if you have a plan and know what to do to make it go away, then if you notice that little shift happening where things feel harder than they used to, you just recalibrate back to those things that are working.


Tips for Maintaining Positive Habits in Athletes

When we fix our mental blocks, there’s this big stigma: do you have a mental block, or don’t you? A mental block is a challenge you’re working through. It doesn’t mean you’re going to have a mental block 100% and then it’s going to go away 100%. That’s not how it works. Think about the things that help you overcome the mental block and don’t stop doing them.

It’s like establishing a new healthy habit. We’re really paying attention to doing good things, but then we revert back to old, unhealthy habits over time. Keep doing the things that are working. If you change your mindset and are more positive, continue to be more positive. If you’re focusing on easing the pressure and not putting expectations on yourself, keep doing that.

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure in Sports

You mentioned the word “fail.” I wish I could just destroy that word because it’s so frustrating to me. Failure indicates high expectations. Athletes often set strict standards for what success looks like—performing all skills perfectly and making everyone around them happy. When they don’t meet these standards, they feel like they failed, overshadowing all the good things they did. This high expectation is a major reason why athletes develop mental blocks.

What does it take to overcome a mental block for good?

Overcoming mental blocks involves understanding why they occur, having a plan to address them, maintaining positive habits, and rethinking failure and expectations. By focusing on these strategies, athletes can better manage their mental blocks and perform with greater confidence.

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