My Mental Game

I play pickleball… a lot. Recently, I’ve been playing in tournaments with my partner. They’re so much fun, but I want to improve my mental game. I notice when I choose thoughts like, “the game isn’t over until it’s over,” “I can hit any shot,” and “I can totally win this,” I show up and play better.

But I don’t always think those thoughts, and I feel like there are more thoughts to explore. I also think that I overthink everything sometimes during games. I guess I want to know how to still show up playing my best when negative thoughts come up during a game that don’t serve me, like: “We’re going to lose,” or “they’re better than us,” or “I am overthinking this.”