Intuition refers to your inner sense, gut instincts, hunches, and feelings and emotions. High performing intuitive/emotionally intelligent athletes are able to read their own and other people’s feelings and emotions. They are able to manage their feelings and emotions when under pressure, and they are able to use feelings and emotions to help solve problems, make decisions, and act quickly and confidently.

  • Intuition and emotional intelligence help athletes to relax, focus, stay in the present, and perform confidently and aggressively.
  • Intuitive performance comes from a combination of self-awareness, consistent deliberate practice, analysis, and reflection in training and in competition.
  • A highly analytical approach can encourage doubt, anxiety, and your inner critic to distract you and slow you down. Under-performing athletes often say that too many thoughts interfere with their performance.

Intuition Tips
1 Learn to read your own and other people's feelings and emotions and what they tell you about the situation you find yourself in.
2 Trust your instincts and intuition when you are facing a situation or challenge that you have rehearsed and practiced many times before.
3 Don't act impulsively: listen to your feelings alongside information and advice from your coach and team mates.
4 Practice your ability to identify early cues or changes in the game which indicate what your opponents are going to do.
5 Don't ignore bad feelings/anxiety about a problem or issue until you have information to refute it.
6 Actively learn from training and competition in order to gradually improve your perception, expertise, and sixth sense over time.

What experts say

Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs Entrepreneur

At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Alan Alda Actor

Do the SPQ20 and find out how good you are at using your intuition