“Perfectionist Athlete” - while some may see being a perfectionist as a positive, for athletes it can be crippling to their performance. You may be a Perfectionist Athlete if you find yourself:
Having to play “perfectly” to feel good about your performance,
Focused only on outcomes & results, not the process,
Only satisfied with those outcomes that are "perfect"
Anxious, tense, & worried in competitions,
Seldom having fun while competing,
Motivated by fear,
Focused on avoiding mistakes,
Not performing the way you are capable of,
Struggling to enjoy the athletic experience the way you should.
Instead of trying to be perfect, consider this concept:
Seek Improvement & Excellence, not Perfection.
By focusing on improvement and excellence, you focus more on the process of becoming the best you can be rather than the results of your performance. You also put far less pressure on yourself to achieve certain outcomes, which helps you perform your best.
From our “Playing with Confidence” booklet and presentation