25 Basketball Affirmations for Before a Game

basketball mindset meditation Aug 31, 2022
basketball affirmations

Easily program your mindset for in-game success with affirmations.

These positive affirmations for basketball players are a quick and easy way to improve your basketball mentality and prepare you for your upcoming game.

They're so easy to use, it almost feels like a cheat code to becoming a better basketball player because of how powerful and effective they are.

If you want to master your mental game then keep reading to learn what affirmations are, how to use them, and see a list of affirmations you can use before a game to program your mind for a successful performance.

You can also listen to the affirmations with this guided meditation >>



What are Affirmations?

Affirmations are powerful, positive statements that are used to program your subconscious mind to think a certain way. Affirmations help you to actually rewire your brain and reprogram your mindset into the mindset that you ultimately desire.

If you want to become a more confident basketball player or a more clutch basketball player, then affirmations can help you reprogram your mind in order to achieve these things. 

The key with affirmations is, even though they describe the mindset that you desire, they are worded like you already have that mindset. 

So you repeat these statements over and over again and eventually you hear them so many times that they get ingrained in your brain. You start to really believe that they are true. You trick your brain into thinking that they’re true, and your mindset starts to change.

You start playing more confidently, you start playing more clutch. By stating your affirmations as fact, and by repeating them over and over again, eventually you really start to believe what you're saying. And you take on the mindset that you desire.

Read also: 21 Affirmations to Increase Shooting Confidence  >>



How to Use Affirmations

1. Read them or listen to them

You can read your affirmations to yourself (aloud is best) or you can listen to them in a guided meditation/self-hypnosis.

2. Use them multiple times a day for maximum effect

Read or listen to your affirmations before your game, before practice, before bed, right when you wake up, on the bus to the game, in the locker room. Any chance you get. 

The more you use them, the quicker your mindset will transform.

3. Keep them positive, keep them present

When creating your affirmations, the key is to keep the statements positive and to use the present tense whenever you can.

"I am confident." 

"I am clutch."

"I am improving everyday."

As opposed to "I will become confident." "I will be clutch one day." "I will improve."

Affirmations are more powerful when you use the present tense because then you are stating them like they are already true. There will certainly be some scenarios where you have to use the future tense (see below) but whenever possible, use the present tense when constructing your affirmations. 

Read: How to Mentally Prepare for a Basketball Game (5-Step Routine)  >>



25 Affirmations for Before Your Basketball Game

Below are 25 affirmations that you can repeat to yourself in your head before each game. State these affirmations with 100% confidence. Say each one like they are the truest thing you've ever said. Know them to be true.

If instead you'd like to listen to the affirmations in a guided meditation format, you can click the video above. 

25 Pregame Affirmations:

  1. I am a great basketball player.

  2. I am unstoppable.

  3. No one can guard me.

  4. I am the best player on the court.

  5. There is nothing I can't do on the court.

  6. I believe every shot I take is going in.

  7. I am fully confident in my basketball abilities.

  8. I am going to play extremely well today.

  9. I deserve to play well today.

  10. I've worked hard to become the player that I am.

  11. I always give my absolute best effort on the court.

  12. I play with zero hesitation

  13. I am calm, focused, and confident under pressure.

  14. I can handle any difficult situation that may arise.

  15. I do not fear failure.

  16. I am not afraid to miss a shot.

  17. I am not afraid to make a mistake.

  18. I am not afraid to be judged or criticized for my performance.

  19. If I miss a shot or make a bad play, my confidence is unaffected.

  20. No matter what happens, this game is going to make me a better basketball player.

  21. I am grateful for the opportunity to play in this game.

  22. I am grateful for my body for allowing me to play this game at a high level.

  23. I am thankful for my coaches and trainers who have prepared me for this game.

  24. I am going to have fun in today's game.

  25. I am thankful for the game of basketball.

The more you repeat these affirmations, the more effective they will be. 

Read: 3 Tips to Increase Your Shooting Confidence in Basketball  >>


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