An athlete’s performance is mainly based off an athletes confidence level. Figure skating is a very mental challenging sport, not saying that other sports aren’t. The difference with Figure Skating is that you are out on a sheet of ice to yourself performing for a total of 4min. (the most) in front of a row of judges and multiple spectators.
If you are an athlete, your diet, and fitness regimen, and how you care for yourself are explicitly important to you. It may be something you tell yourself but it can also come from your coaches, trainers, dietitians, etc. Paying attention to what goes into your body is paramount if you want to succeed in the world of sports.
In sports, there is so much external pressure coming from family, coaches, your team, and ultimately yourself (at any scale). In order to approach that pressure properly and allow yourself to remain in control of the outcome, one must avoid negative thoughts.
For an athlete, there is nothing worse than the stunting fear of failure. But- it is purely human nature to feel the fear of failure. Overcoming this and breaking down that barrier is what makes some of the world’s most outstanding athletes great.