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Developing a Mistake Ritual

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Mistakes in sports are inevitable. Athletes at all levels make mistakes, from youth to professional players. What makes a good competitor stand out is how they deal with and learn from those mistakes.

A mistake ritual is a physical gesture athletes can use in the moment to overcome a mistake and re-focus on the game. Doing so can also reduce the fear of making mistakes, allowing athletes to play more freely. Establishing a mistake ritual ahead of time can help make it second nature.

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