Drey Ricks | Mindset of a High-Level Athlete
Drey Ricks observes the game but he observes from a different angle, he’s observing and taking notes from the mental aspect of the game. Before players make the team physically (on any level) they must mentally first make the team and that’s what he practices.
Drey Ricks has seen players from beginners all the way to pros benefit from the “Mindset”. In fact the younger the better, over time the “Mindset” will be a part of their everyday life. But it simply comes down to the fact that they believe in themselves. “Mindset” has worked for many different athletes of all ages and levels giving them the confidence
to boost their performance at their highest level, not only on the court but in life. If you are very negative all of the time, you are practicing and ingraining those negative confidence skills, so when you compete, just like a bad technical habit, that negativity is what will come out and it will hurt your performance. In other words, you became highly skilled at something that actually hurts your sports performance. As a Sports Performance Analyst, Drey Ricks believes, “To change bad confidence skills, you must retrain the way you think. You have to practice good confidence skills regularly until the old negative habits have been broken and you have learned and ingrained the new positive skills of confidence.”, Drey Ricks… “It’s easy to stay confident when you’re performing well, when the conditions are ideal, and when you’re competing against someone whom you’re better than. The real test of confidence, however, is how you respond when things aren’t going your way. I call this the Confidence Challenge. “What separates the best from the rest is that the best athletes are able to maintain their confidence when they’re not at the top of their games. By staying confident, they continue to work hard rather than give up because they know that, in time, their performance will come around.”, Drey Ricks.