4 Myths About Athletes, Rest, and Creativity

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2021

What if I told you you had to spend an entire week resting instead of working?

If you’re anything like me, you might groan just thinking about it. You might visualize your inbox filling up and your weight set just staring back at you. You might dread the thought of boredom sinking in and a sense of uselessness washing over you. 

I’ll be honest, I’ve never enjoyed resting.  It makes my athlete-brain want to explode. But I wish it didn’t. 

Because as much as I’d like to think it is, REST really isn’t a 4-letter word.

As athletes, we know that physical rest is as much a part of training as is lifting weights. Without rest, we’d never recover after our workouts or build muscle. Every joint in our body would suffer. We’d see diminishing returns in every possible way until *kapoot*, we’re done.

Our experience backs it up. The science backs it up. Rest is a key part of training.

But something I’ve noticed over the...

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8 Actionable Tips to Help You Build Resilience

resilience Jul 02, 2021

It’s easy to celebrate success. Every PR, every scoreboard that resulted in a W, every risky play that landed my team in the lead. The day I bought my house, signed my first client, and launched The Mindset Coach Academy...

It’s a lot harder to celebrate failure. Or at the very least appreciate that it's a part of growing. It's hard, in the moment, to recognize that failing means we are doing something RIGHT. 

We aren’t taught how to do that. Most of us just want to hide.

It's not that we don't know failure is a part of success. We do. But it's still a hard pill to swallow.  I think back on some of my failures; the days I struggled to keep up at practice, the long drives home on the bus after a loss, the missed game-winning shot. That one time I bounced a ball off my foot. Ooof.

As an athlete or high-performer, you will do whatever it takes to avoid failure. And that mindset might serve you for a while. After all, nothing motivates you to run...

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8 Ways to Harness Your Inner Power

confidence Jun 02, 2021

(For Athletes, Coaches, and High Performers)

 

When you hear the term ‘harnessing your inner power’, does it make you want to roll your eyes just a little bit? Don’t worry! I’m not about to gaze into a crystal ball, read tea leaves, or teach from an old scroll. I’m not that woo woo. As always, I’m teaching about this abstract topic from the perspective of what I know. And what I know is how to train your mindset.

Because at the end of the day, when your outward success is stripped away and life shakes you to your core, all that you have left is the strength you’ve built inside.

 

Begin With Your Inner Beliefs

Harnessing your inner power begins with cultivating your deeply rooted beliefs; about yourself, others, and the world around you. Take a good hard look at your inner beliefs because action always follows belief. Consciously and subconsciously your actions will always try to prove that the beliefs that you hold are true. So you...

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Confronting The Thoughts That Keep You Small (+ Free Worksheet)

confidence May 01, 2021

Before a breakthrough always comes a moment of radical, painful honesty. A moment where we speak truth to ourselves, admit our weaknesses, and look our bullshit right in the eye.

Whether you’re silently weeping into your coffee, or flying high on life today, this is that moment. This is the moment I help you name the thoughts that are keeping you small. Because the truth is, we all have them; even those of us who look like we have it all together. And we can’t overcome them until we name them.

For many of us that have done hard things in our lives and overcome challenges already, these thoughts aren’t always the obvious ones. It’s not that we don’t believe in ourselves enough, or we aren’t willing to put in the work. It’s not that we aren’t living bravely, or that we don’t want to reach that next level. I work with tough, driven people every day and it’s almost never that obvious. It’s much more subtle.

It’s a...

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5 Steps to Building an All Star Team (Outside of Sports)

mindset coaching Apr 01, 2021

I was the best player on my high school basketball team. As a freshman. 

And it sucked. 

It sucked so bad that I started playing bad to try to not stick out so much. 

That didn’t work either. 

See that’s the thing with sticking out. You either stick out and that’s hard. Or you play small and that is WAAYYY worse. 

Does my story sound familiar? If you are an ambitious, motivated person, an athlete-minded badass who puts 110% into everything you do, chances are, you’ve had to make a similar choice: Stand out and risk being ostracized OR make yourself smaller to make others around you feel comfortable.

Making that choice sucks. You shouldn’t HAVE to make that choice. 

Here’s the good news and the bad news (I'll start with the bad news)

The bad news is that we can’t always control who we are around, and we definitely can’t control other people. There will be people that inhibit your...

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The Mindset of Selling

mindset coaching Mar 01, 2021

What if you could create a business that helps people and makes money?

That gives value to others while getting paid what you’re worth; and to do all of it in a way that feels honest and empowering? Do you even believe it’s possible?

It is.

And I know that because I did it (I do it) every day.

Now, before you can say, “Well, Lindsey’s an extrovert” or “She must just really like selling” or “She has a business that sells itself”, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.

  • In elementary school, I came in dead LAST selling girl scout cookies.
  • I HATED fundraisers. Selling wreaths? Bleh. Walk-a-thon? Count me OUT.
  • To collect my paper route money, I came up with a clever plan to save me from having to interact with my customers (I left a hand written invoice).

Trust me, this whole selling thing does not come naturally to me, and I’ve ‘failed’ more times than I can count. For years, I cold called college...

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How to Get What You Want by Training Your Subconscious

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2021

Often, when we're trying to get to the next level, it feels like we have to force it. When things get hard, I think, "I just have to push harder!" That’s the athlete in me.

It’s easy to see the downside to this way of thinking when it comes to physical workouts. A pulled hamstring or tweaked back will teach you that lesson quickly. But pushing too hard mentally when things aren’t working can cause its own type of damage. It’s great way to waste time and energy, invite fatigue, discontent, and general anxiety.

When what we really want seems way out of reach, and we feel like we’re spinning our wheels trying to get to it, the problem isn’t usually that we aren’t working hard enough, it’s usually that we’re not training our subconscious brain, and likewise, the deep, inner thoughts that drive our actions.

In this blog, we'll discuss the role of the subconscious brain and how it influences virtually every choice we make. We'll also...

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You’ve Got To See It To Achieve It: A Beginner’s Guide to Visualization

visualization Jan 07, 2021

With the turn of the new year, there’s one word that always takes center stage: Goals.

I love goals. I love thinking about them. Setting them. But mostly I love achieving them. But here is what I can’t stand. Goals that stand alone.

You know why? Because most people (even driven ones like you and I) fail at goals far too often. And it’s not because we aren’t disciplined or driven. It’s because when we set goals but don’t work on the thoughts behind the goals, it can become a puddle of broken promises. Setting goals ALONE can be an exercise in disappointment, start a cycle of shame, and create limiting thoughts that keep us small.

But you know where goals really can shine? When they are paired with visualization.

Visualization is the fuel, goals are the destination. Get your thoughts trained and on board using visualization and your goals become easier to achieve, more enjoyable and more in line with your day to day actions.

Whether you are new to...

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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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5 Ways To Improve Your Game While In Quarantine

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2020

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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