Increase Gratitude - Under Armour Performance Academy
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Increase Gratitude

In this daily practice, you’ll text someone to let them know three positive things you experienced today.

2 min

What You Need


Optimists reach more of their goals. That’s a fact. 1
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And contrary to popular belief, optimism isn’t something you’re either born with or you’re not. It’s a trainable skill.
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So today, we’re going to give you the tools to build a more positive outlook. Optimism training is no different than what you do in the gym. And if you train it daily, you can slowly strengthen your optimism over time. So try this exercise:
At the end of each day, take out your phone. Text a close friend, teammate, or even yourself, three good things that happened to you that day and why they were good. It could be, “Coach played a clip of me scoring as an example to the team. It made me proud,” or “My favorite song came on when I got in the car. It motivated me.”
But here’s the thing: you’re actually going to send these text messages. Not just think about it. Not just write them out. Actually send them. While it may seem strange at first, there's a good reason: it puts these positive thoughts out into the world.
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Then, once you’ve sent them, spend a moment appreciating those things. Let that optimism carry you through. Then repeat this exercise at the end of each day to continue your training. Slowly getting more optimistic each day. And, in time, you’ll see it translate when you step out to compete.
  1. 1 Carver CS, Scheier MF, Segerstrom SC. Optimism. Clin Psychol Rev. 2010;30(7):879-889. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2010.01.006


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Most of us are never taught how to tap into the mental side of performance. That’s why Under Armour is bringing you proven mental strength practices to help you reach your goals on and off the field.