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="http://www.positiveperformancetraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CoachDay4Gratitude1.mp3"][/audio] Not signed up? Click here to sign-up for the meditation challenge.

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Meditation Challenge Day 2

blog Feb 10, 2014

Day 2: Letting Go

When I first learned to meditate I wanted to be the best! But I wasn't.

In fact, I found it really difficult to do something that seemed so incredibly simple. My mind wandered. A lot. It wandered to important things- What am I going to do with my life after basketball. And to trivial things- I really likes those shoes I saw online this morning. Should I buy them?

Then I would worry "am I doing this right?"or judge myself for being "a really bad meditator." Which got me stuck on that thought even though I was trying not to think.

Slowly though I learned to notice my thoughts and then do something that felt really weird LET THEM GO!.....without judgement, without emotion, without leading to another thought.

And I still practice this because it is a PRACTICE and a process of training your mind to not 'go' with every thought that pops into your head.

A mentor, Dr. James Hollingworth, taught me that meditation is like teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. The...

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Why mental training was the 'X Factor' for the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win

blog Feb 07, 2014

Growing up in Seattle and also living in Denver, I was excited to see a great Super Bowl game against two of my favorite teams. I felt like I couldn't lose... However, after the 1st quarter, I watched a particular interaction between Manning and his teammates and knew Denver was in trouble. You could see the frustration on Manning’s face and body language. At that point Seattle was up 8 points. (Spoiler: Seattle Seahawks ended up winning the Super Bowl 43-8)

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But then I knew the game was over...

At the start of the second half when Denver came out, a friend of mine who was at the game texted me, "Denver looks shell shocked.” And he was right: you could see that they weren’t going to mount a comeback or even play like the great team they were.

The X factor was the Seahawks’ Mental Training Program:

Was Seattle that much better? No, both teams had great athletes...

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Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on mentally preparing (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on Mentally Preparing

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: Talk us through the mental preparation. You know one of the things obviously that we talk to our athletes a lot about is being able to see the success before you actually achieve it. And knowing that just because you see it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

Courtney Thompson: Right.

Lindsey: But you can almost assure that it’s not going to happen if you can’t see it.

Courtney: Right. Right. I think one thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t believe you can win, if you don’t believe your team can win, if you don’t believe in yourself, then there’s no point in showing up. And so for me, a lot of the work is doing enough training,...

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Ursula Grobler training tips: Trusting the process (transcribed)

blog Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler talks about Trusting the Process

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Yeah, it brings up an interesting point. I think, we talked about this a little bit earlier, but one of the big things I think that, you know, athletics is all about, like, pushing and winning and being tough and I think that’s really important, but this vulnerability and these stories that all of us have, especially for someone like you, that is, I know you’re still reaching, but you’ve been pretty successful in rowing and I think a lot of people probably look at you and say she has it all figured out. And I’ve always thought that it was really important not only for me as an athlete but for the athletes that I work with that they need to hear these stories that this is a journey,...

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Courtney Thompson on the mental game (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

 

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: I think we really wanted to talk to you Courtney because I know you were really known for being hardworking athlete, and that's something that I've always respected about you. But I just want to talk to you a little bit. You know, everybody thinks about hard work and the physical side of working hard. You know, pushing through physical pain and staying motivated and I'm always fascinated of course by the mental component to pushing past that physical pain and the mental component to discipline. So can you just talk al little bit about that?

Courtney Thompson: Yeah. I think for me, even at a young age, I think it's always been important to me to know my mission. You know? And to...

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Courtney Thompson on leadership (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on Leadership

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: One of the things that we find with athletes a lot is that they struggle with leadership, there's, I mean, obviously, we can have a whole conversation about leadership, but one issue in particular is they struggle with leadership when they're not playing their best. You know, they're screwing up or they just blew it. How do you – I mean, that's one that your team probably needs it the most, right?

Courtney Thompson: Exactly.

Lindsey: So how do you maintain that leadership even if you're not doing that great?

Courtney: Yeah. It's a really hard one. But I think that's the biggest misconception in leadership, you know? The idea that one, you have to be the best player or always have to be...

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Ursula Grobler training tips: Rowing with the punches (transcribed)

blog Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler talks about Unpredictability & Awareness

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Yeah. There are a lot of things in all sports that are really out of your control or isn’t it? That’s the whole thing with competition, right, is being able to deal with all that, the unknowables? And roll with the punches.  

Ursula: Very much, and, I mean, it’s something again, for me, that I struggle with because that’s why I like the erg, because it’s the same. I mean, like, it’s the exact same; I know what it’s going to be. But, when you get out there in your rowing race you don’t know, you don’t know what the weather’s going to be like. Is it going to be headwinds? Is it going to be tailwind? Are you, you know, is it going to...

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Ursula Grobler training tips: Advice for rowers (transcribed)

blogs Jan 26, 2014

Originally posted in article Ursula Grobler: Training Tips from a Champion, published January 26, 2015.

Erg World Record Holder Ursula Grobler offers Training Tips

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey: Mm-hm. Let’s talk through... you know, every sport has so many commonalities with other sports, but there’s also very distinct things, and you and I have talked about this before, but what are the two or three biggest mental challenges in rowing and how do you approach them? What tools do you use, what advice would you give to another rower?

Ursula: I think at least for me, it’s very strong and in some of the other videos that you’ve sent me, that one about the boxer that I really liked.

Lindsey: Mike Tyson, yeah.

Ursula: That’s right, that’s right. And oh, my god, I can’t believe I didn’t remember his name. That’s terrible of me, but anyway.

Lindsey: Oh,...

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Jim Clem on understanding yourself as a pitcher (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Jim Clem on Understanding Yourself as a Pitcher, published November 24, 2014.

Pitching Coach Jim Clem on Understanding Yourself

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training

Lindsey Wilson: 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 everyone.

Jim Clem: 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 parts to...

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