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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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Now is the time!

Let’s face it, most seasons end in disappointment with a loss or some kind of unfinished business. The silver lining in all this is that disappointment can be a powerful motivator. But it can also be crushing.

Some teams grow, some crumble. Much of this has to do with an individual’s...

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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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Culture change

Sometimes what a program really needs is a total and complete culture change. Whether you are a new coaching staff trying to shift the mindset of your whole program, your whole athletic department, your whole university or you've been frustrated with a team that just accepts being mediocre and...

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Don't just TALK about the mental game, BE about it

"Be mentally tough. Concentrate. You aren’t focusing. Get your mind right."

Everyone loves to TALK about mental game issues. Coaches, athletes, fans, media. Everyone wants to comment about the mental game aspects that are necessary for peak performance. But very few people actually know how...

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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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