Coping with Slumps

A slump is an out of the ordinary, and unexplained drop in performance. Slumps are commonly triggered by things like injury, technical issues or psychological stresses, but often spiral due to panicked reactions, eg trying too hard.


  • It is normal for a career to ebb and flow over time. clinton thumbsup
  • This wave-like nature of sport is often unpredictable. clinton thumbsup
  • Don't get overly upset about the 'downs' – you just make them worse. clinton thumbsup
  • Your responsibility is to minimize the amplitude of these 'waves'. clinton thumbsup
  • This time presents an opportunity to further develop your general toughness, and your resilience to setbacks.


  • Do not panic. clinton thumbsup
  • Do not automatically assume that you are doing something wrong & start changing all sorts of things.
  • Do not draw simplistic / inaccurate conclusions about yourself or your situation. clinton thumbsup
  • Do not try too hard. clinton thumbsup
  • Do not link your overall self-worth to your current performance. clinton thumbsup
  • And definitely, do not assume that you are in a slump every time you fail to perform as expected!


  • Try to take some time-out. clinton thumbsup
  • As accurately as possible, identify the factors contributing to the current situation. clinton thumbsup
  • Keep things simple – focus on the basics.
  • Focus on the process rather than the outcome. clinton thumbsup
  • See the big picture. clinton thumbsup
  • Be patient. clinton thumbsup
  • Work on your mental skills. clinton thumbsup


  • When in the past have you experienced something similar? clinton thumbsup
  • What do you think commonly triggers this sort of situation?
  • What makes it unnecessarily worse?
  • What helps?
  • If you were coaching someone exactly in your position – how would you advise them?
  • What measures can you put in place to prevent future slumps? clinton thumbsup 


This document remains the property of Performing Mind, and any duplication or unauthorized use thereof is unlawful.