At SSPT, we often preach sermons about controlling your environment, practicing like you play, and having a winning mental approach to create the champion mindset. They offer critical takeaways that help you maximize your game day performance.
There are practically an innumerable number of reasons why game day performances are successful or not, especially at the highest levels of sport. Much to the chagrin of many powerlifting coaches, the actual nuts and bolts of training has much less to do with game day performance than we think. Obviously, competitors should train hard to arrive in top form. However, we erroneously emphasize training technology (the programming of exercise selection, frequency, intensity, volume, percentages, RPE) over mental preparedness like compartmentalizing, confidence, focus, process-orientation, self-image, and visualization.
When game day arrives, we must all find our "happy place" to help get "in the zone" thus aligning the subconscious mind with our conscious thoughts to ultimately connect our mind and body. I've seen a lot in my 23 years of powerlifting. Most lifters have unique game day routines that help them be their best. This year at IPF Classic Worlds in Minsk, Belarus, 🇬🇧 @j_nnamani readied herself by reading and enjoying a lollipop. Before each lift, she sat silently and read her book until it was her turn. Then she'd quietly walk out, run through her process, execute the lift, return to her seat and the book. Her peaceful demeanor was fun to watch and obviously worked quite well for her as she placed 3rd in the ultra-tight 52kg class.
Do whatever it takes to find your happy place. @bryce_tsa likes positive vibes infused with pop dance music, @jenmillican sits alone employing a cerebral, focused but intense approach, while @screamermanuel prowls like a caged animal before storming the platform like a hurricane. Don't intentionally act out of character, but experiment with various approaches that compliment your personality. Do what works best for you. Once you find it, practice it repeatedly until you master it.