How to Set Stretch Goals (By Letting Go of 'The How)

goal setting Aug 01, 2020

Let’s say you have a goal.

Your goal is to make more money, to change careers, to accomplish something great. You might ask yourself, yes I want to to do that .... but how?

Don’t do that, leave some space for magic.

 

How to Prepare Your Mind for Stretch Goals

The single greatest way to prepare your mind for a stretch goal is to let go of the 'how'. To spend time dreaming BEFORE putting pen to paper and strategizing HOW you're going to accomplish.

In short...You have to be open to your goal HAPPENING before you can figure out how it’s going to happen. 

Some call it manifestation, some call it God’s plan or serendipity. Some call it the subconscious mind and the reticular activating system. Essentially, it’s letting go and being okay with not being in control and not having all the answers.

You Have Manifested in Your Own Life

Reading this headline, you might think, "I haven't" but before you jump to this conclusion, let me offer a few examples...

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Coaches Facebook Live Q&A With Lindsey Wilson

With a Coaches Facebook group of over 1300 coaches (and growing every day), we wanted to get to know our coaches better and give back to our community by hosting our first ever Coaches Facebook Live Q&A. Coaches were encouraged to submit questions ahead of time using the hashtag #QAwithLindsey, and they were also encouraged to attend the Q&A live to ask any additional questions and join the live conversation. We had a number of coaches attend live to ask questions and provide links to resources for coaches, and others who tuned in after the broadcast concluded. Overall, it was an impactful way to connect with our national community of coaches, and to get a pulse on the real issues that our coaches are struggling with. The following is a brief overview of some of the topics we covered.

If you're a coach, we encourage you to watch the full video here. If you are not yet a member of our Coaches group, you will need to request membership to gain access to the...

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INTRODUCING: The Inner Game Podcast

the inner game podcast Jun 09, 2020
 

Click the video above for a sneak peek of The Inner Game, Season 1, Episode 12.


You should start a podcast! 

I’ve been hearing this for years. From others, from myself. It always seemed like a great idea. Except it didn’t quite feel right. 

I'll Start at the Beginning

I’m an intuitive entrepreneur (Did I make that up or see it on a meme?). What I mean by that is that things have to FEEL right for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t light incense and ask the universe to come up with my marketing plan, but my core has to feel aligned if I’m going to do something. 

I’ve done things when I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it, and for me, it just hasn’t worked; the results weren’t there, and I didn’t feel that inspired. It felt like WORK. 

So, I’ve learned to really listen to my inner wisdom and to TRUST. A podcast has sounded like a good idea for a long time, but it just hasn't felt...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Game While In Quarantine

YOU have been affected by COVID-19.

Whether it’s school closures, season cancelations, challenges working from home, or threats to your own health and wellbeing, no one is spared, and our hearts go out to those that are hit the hardest. 

And while we can’t offer you childcare, checks, or the season end you hoped for, we will support you the best way we know how: With tips on how you can maintain your growth mindset and improve your game during this time of disruption.  

After all, if there’s one thing this crisis illustrates, it’s that we’re all in this together. Read on for our tips below. 

 

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful way to practice your sport without physically doing it. By visualizing success in your sport, you subconsciously increase your belief in your abilities. When you change how you see your abilities, your performance changes. 

The most elite athletes in the world know that visualization helps...

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What is Mental Training?

With our goal to reach 1 million athletes and coaches with mental training, an important step in reaching that goal is answering the rudimentary (yet VITAL) question: What is mental training? 

If you’re reading this blog you likely fit into one of these categories: 

  • An athlete who is researching various ways to improve your performance and break through mental barriers.  
  • A parent who is looking for ways to help your struggling athlete.
  • A coach (or aspiring coach) who is new to mental training and wants to explore how it can help your team. 
  • A coach who is practicing mental training and wants a resource to help you explain it to athletes, parents, coaches, and athletic departments.

Whatever your path, we’re stoked that you’re here and hope that we can help you find clarity about what mental training is and how it can make a massive impact. 

(For the sake of clarity, we’ll be speaking to coaches in this blog, but...

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COMMUNITY BLOG: How To Compete At Your Best (Regardless Of Your Opponent)

You’re midway through the season and you’re going up against a team with a far worse record. Last time you played this team, you OUTplayed them. Your team is going into the game confident (maybe even a little cocky) and all-but certain they’ll get that W. From every angle, this game should be a shut out. 

But as the game progresses, you notice:

  • Your athletes are making careless mistakes
  • You’re team is getting intercepted/rebounded/fouled out
  • Tempers are running high
  • Your team is inconsistent - timid one moment, overly aggressive the next

As the game continues, tensions rise high and frustration, disbelief, even a little panic bubbles to the surface. 

At the end of the game, you’ve lost… or maybe you’ve won. The score isn’t really the point. The point is that you played poorly.

You played down to your opponent. 

When we asked our Mental Training for Coaches Facebook group, “What do you do when your team...

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Athlete tips: 13 Steps to Being Coachable

  • Identify what makes an athlete coachable or uncoachable
  • TOP 5 benefits for being coachable.
  • Free download of 13 Steps to Being Coachable

Download 13 STEPS TO BEING COACHABLE

As you’ve probably noticed already, sometimes your athletes need to hear a different voice than yours. Share our coachability checklist with your team to help them hold one another accountable, and develop a growth mindset. 


Sports are filled with mental challenges, and many of these challenges are self-imposed. The coach-player dynamic can be one of the most difficult challenges to navigate.

Receiving criticism in any area of life is tough, whether it's coming from teachers, bosses, family, friends, or coaches. But being able to graciously receive advice and mentorship is a necessary part of growth. 

Before I dive into becoming a coachable athlete, allow me to define it.

Characteristics of a Coachable Athlete

Before I wrote this blog, I asked a number of...

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How Meditation Can Make You a Better Competitor

With claims of having the power to improve sleep, achieve goals, develop concentration, aid in disease prevention, and manage stress and anxiety (to name a few), the benefits of meditation are proven time and time again in various aspects health and wellness. 

But did you know that meditation can also help athletes and coaches perform better?! 

In this blog, we’ll talk all about meditation and discuss how it can help your athletes (and you) achieve your goals on (and off) the field. We will leave you with a 5-day meditation challenge at the end for you and your team. 

We'll start by talking about what brings most people to meditation in the first place: STRESS. 

Stress: Your VALID Fight or Flight Response

We are wired for stress.

It’s time we all face the reality: Stress is unavoidable. Like fear, stress is a necessary element of survival. Our brains are wired to pay attention to stress because it’s how we recognize (and thereby avoid)...

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How to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve.

 

Note: This video was originally posted on the new year in 2019, but the text has been altered for 2020.  


I LOVE the New Year. Rationally, I know that it’s just another day, but in my heart, it helps me to stop to reflect on my life and give hope to my dreams. As with most New Years, I’ve taken time off, basked in some good vacation and family time, and now I’m ready to get to WORK.

2020is going to be huge for me and for Positive Performance. I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now absolutely freaking PUMPED about this year (and it’s not just the coffee:)

But I also know that when I feel that excitement I have to manifest that energy it into something ACTIONABLE (i.e. a plan). From a mindset perspective I also do one very important (albeit counterintuitive) thing: 

I LET GO of goals.

So often we write goals and let them linger on the back burner for the magical ‘someday/some year’ land. We not only...

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Are You Greedy For Results?

 

Why do you practice long hours, put in time at the gym, run stairs on the weekends, go back to school, apply for that internship, or work overtime at the office? Oftentimes, you do it because you believe that it will all pay off.

You believe that it will earn you the result you really want.

Being greedy for results can be a good thing. It can keep your goals high, give you energy, and act as motivation when you’re approaching burnout. That little girl who says she’ll play in the WNBA someday might just make it because she has her eye on the prize, she’s greedy for results.

But being greedy for results is not always a good thing. When it goes too far, it can result in self-destruction. 

In this video, I’ll talk about:

  • What happens in the brain when you care too much about the outcome.
  • The symptoms of being greedy for results (the 2 ways you self destruct)
  • How to strike a balance between not caring enough and caring too much. 

This...

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