It is important that you help your kids convert strict expectations into smaller, more manageable goals. First, assist your child in identify any strict expectations they maintain about their athletic performance. Expectations are demands athletes place on themselves. They are usually about obtaining a certain result (score for 18 holes), game statistics (number of goals in a game), or quality of performance.
Here are three steps for dealing with these strict expectations:
1. Identify strict, demanding expectations.
2. Recognize that these expectations are unproductive.
3. Replace these expectations with manageable objectives that help the athlete focus on the process instead of outcomes.
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