I’m thinking about the future too much and I’m not giving 100% focus to cricket. How can I stop this?
This is a great question and something a lot of athletes, let alone cricketers experience.
Look, at the end of the day, you need to remember that cricket is just, a game. It’s great to be committed, motivated and ambitious but if those traits start to become a hindrance to your mind then you’re going to do more damage than good. Every cricketer will tell you that they’ve played their best game when they’re relaxed and enjoying it. Can you imagine the pressure and nerves of playing in front of a big crowd, game in your hands and your muscles are fatiguing but you’ve got to produce some magic to win the game. If you’re not 100% clear in your mind, you’ll never make the right decisions. This is already happening because you feel like you're not giving "100% to cricket". You can't give 100% if your mind is pre-occupied with negative or anxious thoughts.
My advice to you would be to learn how to switch on and switch off. When you’re at training, give it 110%. When you’re playing a match, give it 120% but when you’re off the field – SWITCH OFF.
Explore some hobbies; reading books, traveling or learning a new skill etc. Do something to take your mind off cricket. You’ll find that you’ll feel fresher, happier and you’ll look forward to playing the game!
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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