Mental Game Assessment

Excerpt from Mental Practice Series

Complete the following sentences as spontaneously as possible with as many endings as possible. Record your answers in a personal journal for future reference.


  1. My sports goals are…
  2. My mental game goals are…
  3. In sports, my greatest strengths are…
  4. In sports, my greatest weaknesses are…
  5. The things that frustrate me in sports are…
  6. The things that encourage me in sports are…
  7. The things I know about my mental game are…
  8. The things I don’t know about my mental game are…
  9. I enjoy training when…
  10. I dislike training when…
  11. I enjoy competitions when…
  12. I dislike competitions when…
  13. The easiest parts of sports for me are…
  14. The hardest parts of sports for me are…
  15. I feel the most confident in my sport when…
  16. I feel the least confident in my sport when…
  17. My biggest successes in sports are…
  18. My biggest failures in sports are…
  19. I have the most fun with my sport when…
  20. I have the least fun with my sport when…
  21. My best decisions in sports are…
  22. My worst decisions in sports are…
  23. In my sport, I feel great about…
  24. In my sport, I fear or worry about…
  25. I manage my emotions well in sports when…
  26. I don’t manage my emotions well in sports when…
  27. In sports, I’m skilled at…
  28. In sports, I’m not skilled at…
  29. I succeed in sports when…
  30. I sabotage myself in sports when…
  31. In sports, I feel great about…
  32. In sports, I feel regret or guilty about…
  33. The things I value most in sports are…
  34. The things I value least in sports are…
  35. The most important lessons I’ve learned in sports are…
  36. The most important things for me right now are…


Look over your answers and pay the most attention to the ones that surprise you or get an emotional response from you. Rank those responses according to what’s most pertinent to you right now. Use your ranked list and go through the table of contents and find the mental practices that address those issues. That will give you a good starting point for beginning your mental practice. Keep returning to this assessment from time to time to get fresh perspectives about what to work on next in your mental practice. 

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