We all have parts of our personalities we like and dislike. What's great is that whatever your personality, you can use it to motivate yourself to train better harder and longer.
And you know what that means: More runs and wickets!
You might be lucky and be the sort of person who loves training and playing all the time. This type of person tends to have an orderly, organised mind and high levels of resilience to call upon during hard and boring parts of training. Although that's not always the case.
But what if you are not like that? What if you have some barriers to training?
You know that it's important if you want to be a cricketer, yet something in your mind is stopping you. This article is designed to point you in the right direction to adjust your training to match your personality and boost your performance.
Training for the disorderly
The more organised you are the more likely you are to train regularly. This is because there are less surprises and emergencies when you have some control. So what if you are disorganised?
It helps to think of yourself as a disordered person who has learned how to manage the problem. Use tricks and methods to cheat your way to better organisation. Use technology to help you with this. It's also possible to enlist the help of someone more organised. A coach or teammate will be more than happy to help getting you to and from sessions, planning your short and long term goals and keeping you on track when something goes wrong and you are distracted.
Training for the extroverted
We have already talked about introverts, so let's talk about the gregarious ones. You have no trouble with training as long as you are doing it with other people. This is great in team settings like nets, but when it comes to doing things on your own you are less inclined to get on with it. A long run in winter, or a one-to-one session doesn't stimulate you. You also are less into private self-reflection.
When you understand this you can set up more social ways to do those things: Review yourself in team meetings out loud in front of others and come up with action points. Join a group that runs together or does Crossfit or circuit training together. You'll be more reflective and fitter as a result.
Training for the neurotic
For those of us who become resigned to failure quickly, it's hard to keep going in the face of evidence of defeat. You will say that you are just being realistic and others are just stubbornly ignoring the facts. While you may be often be right, research into those who show grit are the most successful.
The answer is to never make a snap decision about your chances of success. If you feel like giving up because it's obvious that training won't help you, sit down and take 10 minutes to rationally decide if this is true, or if you are just being a little self-defeating. It may be that the former is right and you are vindicated. Yet, if the latter is true you have removed the gremlin on your mind and you can get back to work.
All it takes is 10 minutes of rational thought.
Training for the stuck in their ways
Everyone is resistant to change. It's uncomfortable; even more so when the change disrupts your entire way of thinking.Many people decide that "my way" is perfectly sufficient and will not consider change. This is a valid opinion, yet it prevents adopting a new way that might be better than the old. If you find yourself often thinking that a new idea doesn't apply to you, or it would never work in your case, you might be stuck in your ways.
Here it's crucial to realise that a change is a small step towards becoming better. So rather than throw out all your old ideas to do some crazy fangled thing, you take a small step and try it on for size. This is done by doing everything you always did 90% of the time and trying the change for 10%. If it works, you will quickly incorporate it without even thinking about it. If it fails you will drop it for something else. You can't lose.
As you imagine, this is just a drop in the ocean of understanding how your personality helps your cricket. I encourage you to think about how you behave and how you can use this to improve your game in more ways than I have listed above. You will discover some things about yourself and become a better human being as well as a cricketer.