I spoke to an athlete last week who felt she needed to “pull the trigger” in the return to her sport after an injury. She was dealing with fear, anxiety, and self-doubt – something she had not faced prior to the injury. This week I pulled up an article only to find out a mentor of Tim Tebow told him he needed to “pull the trigger”. I know there is tons of talk and controversy about the capabilities of Tebow, but my point in this article is to acknowledge the difference between playing to be safe and playing unafraid to make mistakes.
What does it mean to say “pull the trigger” and what does it take to do that?
Confidence. The attitude of ‘playing to win’ rather than ‘playing not to lose’. The opposite of playing not to make a mistake, but playing to get the touch down or winning goal, or a 10 on a routine. Take a risk and be decisive with your team or yourself. This is the brief explanation of what it means to “pull the trigger.”
Check out the following link to learn more about the sport psychology training behind quarterbacks learning to pull to the trigger and get to the next level.
Dr. Patrick Cohn, sport psychologist and founder of Peak Performance Sports Blog explains it best.