How fear impacts performance

In this article:

  • Learn what fear is, and what it isn’t.
  • A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT 3 TYPES OF FEAR.
  • Understand how irrational fears affect you.
  • Learn to control your fear by finding your Zone.

 

Control your fear


I work a lot with athletes on fear. Unfortunately, most believe fear is a...

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Is a rigid mentality holding you back?

You know the player: he or she is so ridiculously hard on themselves that they might as well be playing with handcuffs on. They obsess about mistakes, they have anxiety about failure that hasn’t even happened, they are at times even harder on themselves than you are on them.

One of the...

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Breathing exercise #1

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-You may very well feel like this is a waste of time. -You will probably worry if you are doing it wrong and judge yourself. -You may feel stupid for spending time doing something so simple. -You may feel more anxious at first because you will be more aware of your inner thoughts and feelings. ...
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Take a vacation!

Vacations can give us time for self-reflection, which is good but can also unlock feelings of being unproductive or stir up old emotions that are easier to ignore in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Back in the day, I hated taking days off. I thought it was boring.  And I never...

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Coaching passion

For coaches....

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about one of your earliest memories of basketball. Think of a time when you were a little girl or little boy playing on a playground by your house, shooting hoops with your dad or your sister or a neighborhood friend. Remember how much...

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5 Strategies to stop losing to weaker opponents

 

  • Learn why athlete's often 'play down' to an inferior opponent and the psychological component to 'challenges'
  • Positive Performance’s President, Lindsey Wilson, shares her personal experience in how she kept her drive when up against an inferior team.
  • What you can do...
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What is Mental Performance Training?

Envision a well-respected women’s program that wins an early exhibition game. They look good. They have a ton of talent. But the coach wants more: more focus, more toughness, more… something.

Like many college players, these young women have seen success. But they also struggle with...

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Mental Toughness issue #4: Pressure

The thing about athletics is this: Everyone is watching. Whether you play professionally and on television or in your local golf tournament. Whether there are 15,000 people in the stands or 5, you are performing in public. This can add a great deal of pressure to a situation. No one really wants...

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Mental Toughness issue #2: Motivation

Hopefully most of your athletes are highly motivated individuals. They’ve worked hard to get where they are and are willing to do the work to continue to be successful. You might have to occasionally help motivate them but for the most part, they work pretty hard. This is probably due to...

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NFL kickers

I know I know. The kickers have been losing the games. They’ve also won quite a few but no one really wants to talk about that. If there is one thankless job in the world, it’s the football field goal kicker, especially an NFL one.

No I’m not asking you to feel sorry for them. I...

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