Volleyball olympic athlete Courtney Thompson: The mental game and leadership

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In an effort to keep things short and sweet on this Thanksgiving Eve before coaches and athletes alike settle in for the holiday weekend, we wanted to share a couple of audio clips from an interview Positive Performance's Co-Founder Lindsey Wilson conducted...

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4 Exercises to improve your team's mental toughness

Summary: Every team trains and competes on the physical level. But time and time again, athletes fail to play to their potential because they don't train the mental side of sports. While it isn't rocket science, it can be very time consuming and difficult to implement mental training. In this...

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Pitching tips intro: 4 parts to understanding yourself as a pitcher

Jim Clem, a well-recognized name among baseball and the current pitching coach for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League, sat down with me a few weeks ago to discuss, in depth, his coaching philosophy and to give us some pitching tips for players who are both seasoned and new to the game....

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Junior takes control with mental training, makes breakout season

Summer grew up in a small town with zero to very little competition. Like many athletes in similar shoes, when she started playing college sports--for her, women's volleyball at a Division III school--she was struck with a cold, hard fact: she wasn’t the best anymore.

Going from...

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Deep breathing exercises: It’s not “doing nothing”

Breathing.

Seems simple enough, right? Completely natural. We breathe without thinking about it, one of those involuntary functions of our bodies that keep us alive.

But, then my mentor, Dr. James Hollingsworth, told me it wasn’t just breathing. It’s deep breathing. And they’re...

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3 Ways gratitude helps you perform

Here at Positive Performance, our business circles around one big question:

"How do I perform better?"

The answer isn't so simple, involving a really broad set of answers that reach into various facets of athletic and mental training.

But, in the spirit of this season of giving thanks,...

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Mental training gives team more ease, more focus, more success

In the summer of 2013, Coach James Bacca of West Liberty University Softball experienced a fracture… with his team, that is.

The softball players were emotionally and mentally separated from him. That split soon developed into a desire for physical separation: 11 of his players were...

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Focus for coaches: Part 3 - Benefits of putting focus to work

Now that you've had a few days to create your focus lists and put those 80% efforts into practice, I want you to stay encouraged by knowing what you can expect by maintaining diligence in working toward your goals.

Applying focus in the way described in Focus for Coaches: Part 2 may seem...

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Focus for coaches: Part 2 - Why you shouldn’t try to do it all

In our previous article, Save Your Best for the Things that Matter Most, we talked briefly about the pressures of being a coach and how you might have to wrestle with yourself to find focused time away from work to spend with those important to you.

That touched on a complex truth, that…

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Focus for coaches: Part 1 - Save your best for the things that matter most

My college coaches (who happened to be married to each other) had one rule about work: don’t talk about it during dinner. For one hour of the day at least, rowing was off the table. The other 23 hours of the day were apparently fair game.

With all the stresses of coaching, it’s no...

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