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Why Crushing Big Goals Means Letting Go of Others

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2020

In high school, I missed out on a lot of things my friends were doing: Trips, formal dances, parties, smoking weed on the boulevard after class. 

I had some big goals. And I KNEW that achieving those goals would take sacrifice and focus.

This is not news. To get to a goal, you’ll have to give up on other fun, comfortable things... everyone knows that.

But what is less obvious is that to get to one big goal; you’ll also have to LET GO of a lot of other goals.  

 

The Cost of Trying to do Everything

Achieving your goals is as much about what you DO to get there as it is about what you DON'T DO.

Despite what you might see on Instagram, we all have limited time, limited energy, and mostly limited focus. So when we spend time trying to move 100 things, our progress gets diluted.

  • We get distracted
  • We make less progress than we expected
  • We get discouraged. 

When that happens, it's easy to think the problem...

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Making the Case for Mediocrity

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2020

I love athletes. I love how driven we are, I love how when things get tough, we push harder. I love that quitting is the dirtiest word for us, way more than losing even. I love that we hold others to high standards and ourselves to even higher ones.

I admire this about us... but right now, I know that some of us need to take a chill pill. I am here to remind you today - during an election year, record-breaking wildfire season, and global pandemic - that IT'S OKAY to be mediocre for a little while. This shit is hard.

In Maslov’s hierarchy of needs, this may not be the season to do much more than the basics.

When it's Time to Try Mediocrity

Here is how you know it's time to 'walk it off':

  • You finish every day feeling defeated, wondering how your to-do list somehow became longer.
  • You feel like you aren’t good enough, and argue against people who compliment you.
  • You end the night immobilized in front of Netflix, numbing yourself with endless bowls of popcorn. (Just...
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A Mindset Hack for Processing Negative Thoughts

Uncategorized Sep 11, 2020

Here in Seattle, the wildfire smoke makes it feel like we are living in an apocalypse movie. Like Will Smith should be walking down my street. Instead there is not a soul out there. No one walking their dog, no kids riding bikes, no neighbors asking how it's going. It’s eery. Apparently, our current air quality is the worst in the world. Not a statistic you want to own. We haven’t been outside in 3 days.

It’s a global pandemic, the earth is burning and we can’t see the sun.

It's a lot... AND it’s also a great opportunity to practice what I preach. Today, I want to share with you a quick mindset exercise that will help you process your feelings and quell your nerves during times like this. 

 

A Stress-Reducing Mantra 

Next time you're feeling anxious, stressed, or worried, take a seat and follow me in this mindset exercise.

Put your hand on your heart and say the following: "Thank you brain for trying to keep me safe... I am...

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The Inner Work to Create The Change We Wish to See

athlete diversity Sep 01, 2020

 

If you go to a website with 1 million options, what will you do? Probably nothing.

 

I feel that way about the world sometimes right now. Like I want to do ALL the things to help. Then I get overwhelmed and paralysis sets in. And I end up doing not much of anything.

 

The state of the world right now can feel like a lot. Often times I’m not sure what to do except try to control what I can control: Keep my kids happy, smile through my mask at a neighbor, put good food on the table, work on my thoughts and energy.

But what happens when it's clear that's not enough? What happens when one too many days pass when I do nothing for the greater good? 

I see this so often with my students that want to start a business. It’s the same mental gymnastics that end with inaction. So, if you can relate, if you feel that there isn’t much you can do in this world right now, read on. If you feel like your actions are insignificant compared to the...

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Where Are They Now? Catching up with Our MCA Graduates

Twice a year, we take a small group through our Mindset Coach Certification program. Today, we're checking in with four of our graduates to see what they've been up to and to share some of their free and paid resources with all of you.

If you want to be in the great company of these 4 and the many other coaches who graduated from our Mindset Coach Certification, if you are ready to step into being a mindset coach and impacting lives in a big, long-term way (including your own), look into our certification. It was designed for someone just like you!

(See details below) 

Breanne Smedley 

"Since becoming a certified mindset coach, I have launched my own business training and mentoring female athletes to find their confidence on and off the field/court. I work with individuals and teams within The Elite Competitor Program, my signature group coaching program, that gives girl athletes the skills, habits, and mindsets needed to take their game to the next level.

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How to Set Stretch Goals (By Letting Go of 'The How)

goal setting Aug 01, 2020

Let’s say you have a goal.

Your goal is to make more money, to change careers, to accomplish something great. You might ask yourself, yes I want to to do that .... but how?

Don’t do that, leave some space for magic.

 

How to Prepare Your Mind for Stretch Goals

The single greatest way to prepare your mind for a stretch goal is to let go of the 'how'. To spend time dreaming BEFORE putting pen to paper and strategizing HOW you're going to accomplish.

In short...You have to be open to your goal HAPPENING before you can figure out how it’s going to happen. 

Some call it manifestation, some call it God’s plan or serendipity. Some call it the subconscious mind and the reticular activating system. Essentially, it’s letting go and being okay with not being in control and not having all the answers.

You Have Manifested in Your Own Life

Reading this headline, you might think, "I haven't" but before you jump to this conclusion, let me offer a few examples...

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Coaches Facebook Live Q&A With Lindsey Wilson

With a Coaches Facebook group of over 1300 coaches (and growing every day), we wanted to get to know our coaches better and give back to our community by hosting our first ever Coaches Facebook Live Q&A. Coaches were encouraged to submit questions ahead of time using the hashtag #QAwithLindsey, and they were also encouraged to attend the Q&A live to ask any additional questions and join the live conversation. We had a number of coaches attend live to ask questions and provide links to resources for coaches, and others who tuned in after the broadcast concluded. Overall, it was an impactful way to connect with our national community of coaches, and to get a pulse on the real issues that our coaches are struggling with. The following is a brief overview of some of the topics we covered.

If you're a coach, we encourage you to watch the full video here. If you are not yet a member of our Coaches group, you will need to request membership to gain access to the...

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INTRODUCING: The Inner Game Podcast

the inner game podcast Jun 09, 2020
 

Click the video above for a sneak peek of The Inner Game, Season 1, Episode 12.


You should start a podcast! 

I’ve been hearing this for years. From others, from myself. It always seemed like a great idea. Except it didn’t quite feel right. 

I'll Start at the Beginning

I’m an intuitive entrepreneur (Did I make that up or see it on a meme?). What I mean by that is that things have to FEEL right for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t light incense and ask the universe to come up with my marketing plan, but my core has to feel aligned if I’m going to do something. 

I’ve done things when I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it, and for me, it just hasn’t worked; the results weren’t there, and I didn’t feel that inspired. It felt like WORK. 

So, I’ve learned to really listen to my inner wisdom and to TRUST. A podcast has sounded like a good idea for a long time, but it just hasn't felt...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Game While In Quarantine

YOU have been affected by COVID-19.

Whether it’s school closures, season cancelations, challenges working from home, or threats to your own health and wellbeing, no one is spared, and our hearts go out to those that are hit the hardest. 

And while we can’t offer you childcare, checks, or the season end you hoped for, we will support you the best way we know how: With tips on how you can maintain your growth mindset and improve your game during this time of disruption.  

After all, if there’s one thing this crisis illustrates, it’s that we’re all in this together. Read on for our tips below. 

 

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful way to practice your sport without physically doing it. By visualizing success in your sport, you subconsciously increase your belief in your abilities. When you change how you see your abilities, your performance changes. 

The most elite athletes in the world know that visualization helps...

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What is Mental Training?

With our goal to reach 1 million athletes and coaches with mental training, an important step in reaching that goal is answering the rudimentary (yet VITAL) question: What is mental training? 

If you’re reading this blog you likely fit into one of these categories: 

  • An athlete who is researching various ways to improve your performance and break through mental barriers.  
  • A parent who is looking for ways to help your struggling athlete.
  • A coach (or aspiring coach) who is new to mental training and wants to explore how it can help your team. 
  • A coach who is practicing mental training and wants a resource to help you explain it to athletes, parents, coaches, and athletic departments.

Whatever your path, we’re stoked that you’re here and hope that we can help you find clarity about what mental training is and how it can make a massive impact. 

(For the sake of clarity, we’ll be speaking to coaches in this blog, but...

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