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Off-season Part 2: Why YOU (coaches) should do mental performance training

blog Mar 20, 2014

In the last article, we discussed how to enable higher performance in your athletes through Mental Training. But let’s not forget about Coaches. In our experience, coaches can be more stressed than their athletes and also need to invest in their own well-being to maintain high performance.

“Meditation allows doubts to surface so you can really let go of them.”

Why mentally train?

Coaches are high-performing too.

By and large, coaches are much like the athletes they train: They’re driven and have spent a lifetime working within a minuscule margin of error, thereby rendering them accustomed to high levels of stress. Coaches tend to have high standards for themselves and for what they personally expect out of their lives, both on the field and off. While they can choose to measure their ‘success’ in accomplishments or in overall satisfaction, these two measuring sticks can often seem at odds with one another.

All this constant measuring,...

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Jim Clem: Character traits & 6 pieces of advice for winning pitchers (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Jim Clem: Character Traits & 6 Pieces of Advice for Winning Pitchers, published February 26, 2015.

6 Pieces of Advice for Winning Pitchers: #1-3. Warm Up, Practice, & Write it Down!

6 Pieces of Advice for Winning Pitchers: #4. Positive Thinking

6 Pieces of Advice for Winning Pitchers: #5. Routine = breathing + visualizing

6 Pieces of Advice for Winning Pitchers: #6. Beware Your Choice in Music

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training


Lindsey: So talk me through, yeah, and maybe give an example of an athlete that you worked with. If I was coming to you again and I was a pitcher and I was very talented, but really didn't know what I was doing, you know, maybe hadn't been coached, what are the routines that we would put in together, pre-game, during game, post-game. You know, what are the things that you teach most athletes, at least, most pitchers?

Jim: Okay. So we'll do an...

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Jim Clem: Top 3 Pitcher Hang-Ups (Transcribed)

Originally posted in article Jim Clem's Pitching Tips: Top 3 Pitcher Hang-Ups, published February 23, 2015.

Pitching Coach Jim Clem on his Top 3 Pitcher Hang-Ups

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Well, speaking of learning I know I am and many of our clients are really interested in diving into pitching in particular. So if you would, take us into the mind state of a typical pitcher. What are their hang-ups, what things do they struggle with? And maybe even what personality characteristics do you typically see in a pitcher? I know it's really hard to classify every one.

Jim: Typically, I'd say just pitchers of all ages, they just need more work and preparation. And I don't think they totally understand necessarily what that entails, so I'll talk to them, I'll have, you know, I have different talks that I have with them each day. But I want to make sure that they understand that there's really four...

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Meditation Challenge BONUS

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2014

Bonus Content Congrats on completing the 1st Meditation Challenge.  There are 2 more challenges that we have.   [audio mp3=""][/audio] Not signed up? Click here to sign-up for the meditation challenge.

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Welcome Olympian Courtney Thompson!

blog Feb 11, 2014

We are PUMPED here at Positive Performance to welcome Olympic Volleyball Player (and all around awesome person) Courtney Thompson as our newest +P Mental Training Coach. Courtney will coach teams and athletes on the techniques that have helped catapult her to be one of the best setters in the world, even as she continues her playing career around the world. This is an especially great interview to share with your athletes. As always feel free to 'share' this interview and leave comments below. In this interview Courtney will share:

  • The top 3 traits that have made her successful
  • Her thoughts on the mental component of success
  • How she has dealt with limited playing time, injuries, or failures
  • What she does to bounce back from a mistake in the middle of a game
  • Her pre-game routine
  • What she would tell the younger Courtney Thompson
  • How she leads her team even when she isn't playing her best
  • The importance of fighting through physical pain
  • What mental training tools she uses to stay on...
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Meditation Challenge sign up

blog Feb 10, 2014
Can’t sleep, stressed out? Come see how we help both coaches and athletes. Sign up for our free Meditation Challenge. Everyday for two weeks, you will get a new daily meditation via email. What other coaches are saying:
“Sometimes, I find it hard to sleep because I always have a million scenarios in my head. The meditations relaxed me and helped to improve my sleep consistency. Thank you!” -Jesse K
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Meditation Challenge Day 4

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2014

Today our meditation is about gratitude. As usual, get somewhere comfortable and close your eyes. Don't forget to comment below!

Day 4: Gratitude

We'll get to gratitude during the meditation but first something I hear all the time:  I'm not good at meditating! For something so SIMPLE it sure is not easy. Relax. As you well know, nothing worth having is easy. Meditation is a practice and like anything else there are good days and bad days. The key is to keep doing it!

"Don't wait until your house is on fire to build a well."- Unknown

Meditation can give you so many gifts- good health, a balanced mind, relieve stress- but it's easy to put it off until you 'need' it. It's just like a muscle, don't wait until it's pulled to learn to stretch. [audio mp3=""][/audio] Not signed up? Click here to sign-up for the meditation challenge.

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Meditation Challenge Day 3

blog Feb 10, 2014

Today our meditation is about clearing out mental clutter.

Day 3: The Brain Dump

What can meditation do for you? 

TIP: Get a journal or a pad of paper ready for this exercise. Working on your self-awareness 'muscle' can allow you to be more in control of your thoughts and emotions and less reactive.

Ever feel like you have so many thoughts in your head you can’t seem to make sense of it all? Meditation teaches you to practice focusing and being aware of when you mind drifts. This is a lasting benefit even after your session is finished. So get a piece of paper, or your journal, and begin by listening here.

This is a meditation exercise that clears out the mental clutter and leaves you refreshed and rejuvenated.

"Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses." –Daniel Goleman

So grab your journal or a piece of paper and join us in this meditation exercise called a Brain Dump.


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Meditation Challenge Day 5

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2014

Today our meditation is a meditation exercise called 'labeling'.

Day 5: Labeling

What is labeling? Too often when we feel a negative emotion, we start becoming it without realizing it. We generally do a couple of things:

  • Search for why we are feeling what we are feeling.
  • Explore the depth of feeling.
  • Try to change the emotion with judgement or by using the same emotion we have become. i.e. If we are angry, we then think about our anger with an angry point of view.

We become attached to the emotion, even though that attachment is causing us pain. This next meditation will teach you a really simple but very effective tool to create some distance from our emotions.

TIP: Forgetting to Meditate?Put an alarm in your phone so you'll remember to do it every day.

Get some paper or your journal, get comfortable and close your eyes. Please let us know your thoughts below. [audio mp3=""][/audio]...

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Meditation Challenge Day 1

blog Feb 10, 2014

Welcome to the 5 Day Meditation Challenge! Whether you are new to meditation or have some experience, we are excited that you are here taking this step with us towards better health, less stress, and more balance in your life. Check these four steps before you begin.

4 Steps to Successful Meditation:

1. Tune out- Turn your phone off/close your door/tell everyone to bug off!:)

Young couple peacefully meditating in a park

2. Get settled somewhere comfortable but not so comfortable you'll fall asleep-sitting up with your head rested is usually a good position.

3. Breathe normally/comfortably- this is usually through your nose at an even pace (unless I specifically tell you to do something different such as breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth).

4. Let go- Let your thoughts come in your mind, let them go, without judgement! Just bring your attention back to your breath.

And remember, if you haven't done them already. Here are 3 steps to keeping to The Challenge: 

  1. Write it down on a...
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