Is momentum real or perceived? There are other words and phrases that are synonymous with momentum. Confidence, in the zone, and the game slowing down are some examples.
If you believe attitude or mindset can make a difference in performance you also believe in momentum. Momentum can be an individual mindset or a collective one. Momentum is a force moving in a positive direction.
Football is a game of ebb and flow. Momentum is similar because it will swing back and forth between opponents. Momentum can occur during a single game but can also carry over game to game. Momentum occurs when a positive result instigates more positive results generating a force that moves forward with a collective confidence. Momentum gains more strength the longer it lasts.
There have been times as a coach, the momentum was almost palpable as I watched our team in action on the field. Leaders and team members can ride the wave of momentum by increasing the speed of action and passionately displaying their feeling of confidence.
Paying the price in preparation can help create momentum with only a few positive outcomes, because of the confidence that is carried onto the field of competition. When teams are riding the momentum train every player feels as if they are in the zone. They move easily into action without any conscious thought of friction or negative energy.
Many players experiencing a personal momentum wave will describe it as “the game slowing down”. It is also described as getting into a rhythm. Regardless of how momentum is articulated, I do believe it is real and difficult to stem the tide.
When an individual or team is battling against momentum it seems as if everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. It’s just not your day. As you enjoy your favorite teams this or any season, watch the battle of momentum unfold before your eyes.