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Developing Self-Awareness in Athletes

Developing self-awareness within athletes is, for me, the most important job a sport psychologist has within applied work. Greater self-awareness can help athletes (and coaches) to build self-confidence and self-esteem, take more responsibility for their actions, and to make better decisions, both in and outside of sport. What is self-awareness? Being self-aware involves having knowledge and perception of one’s own: Strengths and weaknesses Thoughts, emotions, and behaviours Motivation Habits Values and beliefs Unfortunately, many athletes are not very self-aware. Younger and less experienced athletes may find it difficult to recognise certain aspects of themselves and their performances. Be

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