10 basic psychological principles of high performance and effective self-regulation in sport

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In this state-of-the-art talk, I will present a systematic review on the extant empirical literature on achievement goals and self-regulation in the sport context. This review will be structured on the basis of 10 original and basic psychological principles of high performance. By following these principles, coaches and their athletes likely increase athletes’ chances to develop a successful sports career. The 10 principles are: 1. Enhance performance and self-regulation through goal setting. 2. Structure the multifaceted nature of achievement goal pursuit into a hierarchical goal system. 3. Differentiate achievement goals on the basis of evaluative standard and valence. 4. Set approach goals rather than avoidance goals. 5. Develop interventions that focus on self-based and task-based approach goals. 6. Delineate athletes’ idiosyncratic developmental trajectories to better understand the process of goal attainment and self-regulation. 7. Work on strengths and weaknesses simultaneously. 8. Distinguish between high pressure situations and athletes’ psychological reactions to pressure. 9. Accept fluctuating internal states and focus on goal-relevant cues and contingencies. 10. Control the controllables. My chapter on these 10 principles will soon be published in the Handbook of Basic Principles, edited by leading scholars in the field of goals, motivation, and self-regulation: Van Yperen, N.W. (in press, 2019). Achievement goals and self-regulation in the sport context. In: P.A.M. Van Lange, E.T. Higgins, & A.W. Kruglanski (Eds.). Social Psychology: Handbook of Basic Principles (third edition). New York: The Guilford Press.
Event titleTalent Workshop Spiekeroog
Event typeWorkshop
LocationSpiekeroog, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational