What is awareness? Awareness is your knowledge or perception of either of yourself as a player or of other situations. However, in this case, in sport, we will be discussing the awareness of yourself.
Being aware as a player in sport is important. If you are openly honest about your strengths and weaknesses, this allows you to build on these, allowing you to become better at your sport. On the other hand, if you are not aware, or currently think that “you are the best”, this reduces your scope for improvement.
The more aware a player is of their own skills allows them to work on their weaknesses much easier. This is what separates good players from great players, in all sports.
Make a list of the required skills for your sport
We recommend creating a list of all skills required for your sport. For example, if your sport is soccer, skills will include passing, dribbling, shooting, and crossing.
Once you’ve listed all of these down, rate each skill out of ten. With this task, it’s important to be as honest as possible.
This will increase awareness of your current performance and skillset.
Once completed, analyze which skills you scored high on, and which skills you scored lower on. The skills you scored lower on should now become a priority within training, helping you address your weaknesses, allowing you to become a better player.
This is a simple task yet an effective one but allows you to become more aware. It allows you to highlight all skills within your sport in one go, allowing you to see what areas require more work.
Likewise, you can also ask a friend, teammate, or family member what skills they think you’re best at and which skills could be improved. It’s important to ask someone you trust, not someone who will tell you what you want to hear.
Once again, the more honest their response the better. This allows you to shift focus to your weaker areas, allowing you to address these, becoming a better overall player.
It may be difficult being honest and aware of your skills in sport, but the more open and honest you are with yourself, the greater scope and room to improve. This sets you aside from your competitors.
Improving awareness via the Acumen program
If you’d like to improve your awareness through the Acumen Sports program or would like to find out more information about this, click here.