Why great athletes are great liars

by: Lindsey Wilson In this article:

  • Explore why self-deception is an evolutionary advantage that leads to higher performance.
  • Positive Performance's Lindsey Wilson shares her experience with self-deception
  • Learn how self-deception works, and how to determine if it's right for you or your team.
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Five Steps to building a fortress of leaders

Sports training isn’t about generalities. You’d never tell your team, “Just get the ball out there… somewhere.” Or say, “Don’t worry about the goalie. Just kick it within the vicinity.”

Without accuracy, without precision, there is no game. There...

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Meditation? 3 ways the Seattle Seahawks are using it to gain a competitive edge (and how you can too).

new.toughness.practice ESPN published an interview and article on how Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are using mental training to gain a competitive edge. Pete's philosophy matches ours: If you have happier and more balanced players, they will be better able to manage their emotions, deal with stress, and...

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Pre-practice mental warm-up

Many of our clients report that the first 20-minutes of practice drastically improves after implementing this one 5-minute pre-practice routine.

Athletes are often scattered by the time they get to practice. Some days, it takes a long time for their mind to catch up to their body (i.e....

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Coaching & Recruiting the gay athlete Part 1: Homophobia and performance

We are really excited to present our new podcast series: The Brittney Griner Effect-Coaching and Recruiting the Gay Athlete with Dr. Jenny Withycome. We'll be presenting podcasts on a number of different issues related to this topic including:

  • Should I let my players date each other?
  • What...
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2-Minute drill (video): An off-season plan

Our 2-Minute Drill Videos are designed to give you 2 minutes of mental training tools and information. This video is about how to design an off-season plan. Listen in while Lindsey talks about her own off-season plan. Some points to remember:

  • Choose one or two things to REALLY get better at this...
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You. Diving. Olympics.

Imagine you are an elite diver competing in the Olympics. Going into your final dive of the games, you hold a slight lead over your rival, the defending Olympic Champion. As you climb up to the platform, you see thousands of people cheering, but you can only hear your breath. One dive. One...

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Trusting the process, not hoping for a result

When athletes are struggling, the most important action they can take is to stop thinking about the results of their performance. This is easier said than done and may even seem counter-intuitive to what they have ever been taught. However, just as in business, give me two teams of similar...

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Go for it!!!

One of the many reasons I’m so passionate about sports is because I think learning to ‘go for it’ is vital to reaching one’s full life potential. I also believe it's better to learn this at a young age: when we're closer to the ground and have less distance to fall, when...

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Reset day

It is a given that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. As a general rule of thumb: If one feels crummy, the other follows. If one feels great, the other does too. When the body experiences a lot of physical and psychological stress (a sports season being one example), it wears quite...

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