10 Ways You Can Play Harder
Track Your Progress
Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to get in better shape, tack your progress from the time you start until the time you reach your goals. If you’re able to visually see the progress you’re making, it can serve as a huge motivator to play harder, train harder and achieve your goals.
Get Your Friends and/or Family Involved
You don’t have to play harder on your own. Talk to your friends and family about getting involved. Having their support and even their involvement can make your experience more enjoyable and help motivate you to push your limits.
Develop and Maintain a Positive Mindset
It’s very difficult to play harder and achieve your goals if you’re not mentally prepared to do so. It’s great if you’re physically able to play harder, but if you can’t set your mind to playing harder, than it’s not going to happen. Having that negative mindset will hold you back from playing harder, no matter what you’re physically able to do. If you can develop and maintain that ‘can do’ attitude, than there is nothing stopping you from playing harder.
Develop and Maintain a Schedule
Similar to ‘Track Your Progress’, if you lay out what you want to accomplish each day and can visually see where you want to be. Setting a schedule allows you to create a routine which becomes a part of your lifestyle.
If you’re not quite sure how you can play harder, look for people who can provide you with ideas on how to do so. There are plenty of online resources such as YouTube videos and personal blogs about you can push your limits and play harder. See what they’re up to, what they’re doing and then evaluate if this is something that you should be doing as well.
Try Something that Scares You
Part of playing harder and pushing your limits is growing out of your comfort zone. If you’re constantly doing the same things over and over again, then how can you expect to push your limits? If something scares you, try it. If you’re successful, it’ll be an experience worth remembering. If not, then you’ll at least know better for next time.
You need to know where you’re starting from before you can play harder. If you don’t know where you’re starting point is, how can you know if you’re truly playing harder or not? Be honest with your assessment so that you can set realistic personal bests so that you can strive to break them.
Follow the Professionals (Players)
See what their up to, what their training regime and game time preparations are. Most importantly, try reaching out to them for answers to your questions and ask for tips. Social media makes it much easier to accomplish this.
Read News, Articles and Literature Related to Your Sport
Stay educated on your favourite sports. What’s trending up and down in the games? What equipment are they using? What technology are they using to track their athletes performance? Is it available to you? What tips and pointers are available to help you play harder and improve your performance?
Practice , Practice, Practice
Expecting to nail something on your first try is a highly unrealistic expectation. It can often take multiple tries for someone to get something down right. It’s important to keep practicing. If you get knocked down, which you will, get back up and keep trying.