In his new book, It Takes What It Takes, Russell Wilson’s personal mental conditioning coach says to focus on neutral thinking rather than positive thoughts. Wilson comments that when you’re losing or having a bad game, the “think positive thoughts” and hype talk feels fake, rather than encouraging. Instead, focus on neutral thinking where you accept the truth of what has happened, and what needs to be done. This will feel more realistic and give you a better understanding of what needs to be accomplished, rather than just some ‘pump-you-up thoughts. Wilson concentrates on three states of thinking and accepting; what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen. This helps prevent negative thoughts spiraling and keeps the athlete focused on what they have to do.