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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Recruiting Tip: Leverage mental training

One of our clients, a Head Coach, asked me the other day, what role I saw for mental training in recruiting; Did i think it could be used to help attract better recruits?

Oh boy, did I! That question took me right back to my own recruiting experience.

Of course, coaches and athletic directors...

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Top 5 Reasons to visualize: #3 Improves skill

Practice visualizing your sports skills without physical impact and your brain will trigger the same muscle patterns as if you were actually performing the skill. Neuromuscular science is proving that visualization can actually affect your nervous system in the same way the actual movement does....

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #2 Controls emotions

Controlling emotions is one of the most important aspects to mental training: staying calm under pressure, reacting appropriately to adversity, getting hyped for competition, ignoring unhelpful emotions in the heat of the moment. These are all CRITICAL parts of our performance. Even the Navy...

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Sleep!

Athletes need a lot of sleep

I was no exception. And, as a high school and collegiate athlete, two really strong memories always pop up: Being hungry and being tired. As an athlete, my days were long (6AM-6PM) so I was always struggling to get enough food and sleep.

Sleep was the most...

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Top 5 Reasons to visualize: #5 Resolves stagnation

Sometimes athletes hit a plateau and stop improving the way that they want. This can be frustrating and lead to some very negative and unproductive mindsets. When an athlete is working hard physically and still not improving, the reason is usually mental. Visualization can help athletes work...

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #4 Helps injuries

Visualization can help injuries in the following ways:

  • speeds recovery from injury (or post workout recovery):

In a study done by Achterberg and Mark S. Rider (Dossey, Meaning and Medicine, 167), researchers measured the effects of visualization in altering the immune system. The subjects...

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #1 Builds confidence

In these 5 blog posts we will talk about how visualization helps program the subconscious brain to be successful. The first reason to use visualization is: 1-    Builds confidence: visualizing success in your training or racing and you can subconsciously improve your belief in your...

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Mental toughness issue #5: Inconsistent confidence

It is a rare athlete that maintains their confidence after a bad game. Most athletes, at every level, feel great after a great game and bad after a bad game. Their confidence in themselves as a player, or even as a human being is completely contingent on the most recent results. This can...

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