If you are here, you are probably either already practicing mental training with your team OR you fall into one of the two categories:
If you have a healthy appreciation of mental training, you may have even tossed around the idea of bringing Positive Performance (or another mental training expert) to your campus to work with your team.
While bringing another coach in to train your athletes has its obvious benefits, I want to propose another option, one that you may not have thought about before: Why don’t YOU become the mindset coach for your team?
Before diving into these benefits, I want to first address the coaches here who...
Visualization helps program the subconscious brain to be successful. Here are the 5 reasons you should start practicing visualization today.
Visualizing success in your training or racing and you can subconsciously improve your belief in your abilities. We all compete according to how we see ourselves. Change how you see yourself, and your performance changes. Just take a moment and think of 5 times you were at the top of your ‘game’. Write them down. Then take a deep breath, close your eyes and replay all seven of those instances in your mind.
I'll bet you feel more confident in your abilities and more sure of your enormous potential. It’s powerful stuff. Simple but brings out your BEST you.
Controlling emotions is one of the most important aspects to mental training. Staying calm under pressure, reacting appropriately to adversity, getting hyped for competition, ignoring unhelpful emotions in the heat of the moment....
If I had a nickel for every coach that agrees with the statement 'sports are 90% mental’ and then spends 0% of their time training like it, I’d have a whole lotta nickels.
But 90% of these coaches WANT to do mental training. So what’s the holdup? Two things- one real and one false. Meaning some of the excuse is not having the right tools, strategy or implementation plan and some of it is MINDSET (meaning the coaches mindset... weird, right?)
So we are going to bust these excuses AND give you a free bundle of solutions in our The Mind/Body Exercises: 5 Ways to Implement Mental Training into your Existing Practices.
I don’t have enough time is the mantra most of us use in our lives. It’s on a loop in our heads and it’s our knee jerk reaction to almost ANYTHING new. We often think of time as this limited resource that is always slipping through our fingers instead of something we can creatively alter to meet our...
As a mental training coach (or mindset coach, as we call it), you cannot affect change in others unless you are willing to do the hard work of shifting your mindset first. It’s not just about achieving goals or pushing yourself, it’s about living what you teach. It's about truly believing and investing in the power of your own mindset enough to live in alignment with your values.
If you are a mindset coach, an influence to others, an agent of change, it is your job to be an example of what is possible.
So what exactly happens when you don't practice what you teach? Frankly, it's not a dramatic shift, it's a slow burn that turns your influence stale. Sometimes, it's even undetectable to anyone but yourself, yet it affects how you evolve and how you impact those around you.
Before addressing the simple, super impactful, actionable ways you build a life that helps you live what...
Note: Applications for the Mindset Coach Certification are currently closed. To be the first to know when the doors open for the next cohort of our 4-month hands-on certification course, join our waitlist.
With the launch of our Mindset Coach Certification, we've been giving you tons of information to help you decide if this certification is right for you.
You may sign up for our certification course primarily because you want to expand your understanding of the mind, and add our certification to your coaching resume. You want to learn more about the mental game and be able to offer extra value to your team. If you want to get certified for your own growth and credibility, this is an excellent way to do that. You'll be able to immediately take new concepts and strategies to your existing team, and will have the ability to expand your reach in the future if you so choose.
When I was in my mid 20s, I became really interested in doing mindset work. My ongoing research and conversations with friends and colleagues ultimately led me to meeting Dr. James Hollingsworth, a trained hypnotist, and the first person to ever introduce me to the immense impact of hypnotism and guided visualization. One thing Dr. Hollingsworth taught me is that the best way to learn about and understand hypnotism is by experiencing it firsthand.
I remember the first time I was hypnotized so clearly; it sticks out in my mind. I remember what the room looked like, the overwhelming feelings that surfaced, and the ultimate relief. Truthfully, the first time I was hypnotized, I started crying. I was so present. I remember being blown away by my own mind. I had years of mental training behind me, I was no stranger to the power of the mind, and yet I was still surprised. It was different. I couldn’t believe I was able to have such an extremely powerful experience just by tapping...
Life. IS. CRAZY. With kids, a business, a house, and a hubby- It's complete chaos in my life most of the time.
But even in all the chaos, I keep life moving forward and manage to get things done. And I've learned a TON about how to do that better and better.
So whether you are running a business, a household, a team or all of them, this is how I do it. And while I truly believe, we all have to find our OWN way, I have found it helpful to learn what works for others, even if it just helps me back to what I know I should be doing in the first place:) And yes, for me it all starts with MINDSET... and some time management mixed in).
If you are a coach who wants a little extra help 'getting it all done' check out our blog that is FULL of life and mindset hacks to keep you moving forward and enacting change in others. Read: How to Actually Live What You Teach: Actionable Self-Improvement for Coaches
Most of us respond to fatigue by getting frustrated and feeling bad for ourselves. We let our fatigue take us out of our game and into a mindset that isn't helpful to us or our team.
Luckily, I have a few tips you can use to help get out of that destructive thought pattern and back to focusing on becoming the best athlete you can be. It may sound harsh, but here are:
The fact of the matter is you play a team game, even if it’s an individual sport, and as a teammate...
"Confidence is simply that spiritual space where you feel free to focus on only those things you can control.” - Jerry Lynch, The Way of a Champion
When I was a younger athlete, I believed that my accomplishments would lead to confidence. That if I did this or accomplished that, I’d walk around with confidence all the time. I remember looking at college athletes, and later, Olympic athletes and thinking, “Wow, they must never doubt themselves or get nervous in a game. They must not mess up during a play they’ve done correctly 1,000 times in practice.” I assumed that if you were ‘that good’ or had accomplished ‘that much’ you were past having to struggle with confidence.
But it’s not that way at all.
What I’ve learned from playing with and against some of the best players in the world, and also from being around multiple high-level athletes from several Olympic sports, is that your confidence...
Culture has the power to build or break you as a team. It is the x-factor when the competition is tough, and the framework that holds every decision and every behavior on your team to a high standard. But how do you create a truly bulletproof, values-based team culture? And, the bigger question is, how can you create a team culture that extends all the way out to the parents?
We sit down with expert, John O’ Sullivan, an internationally known TEDx Speaker, and the founder of the Changing the Game Project, to discuss the following topics (and more!):
THE PARENT ISSUE:
When there is an issue with parents, it typically comes out of fear. Fear for their kid that they won’t get playing time, that their hard work won’t be rewarded, or that the coach isn’t being fair to them. Irrational reactions, aggression, emotional outbursts, and unproductive communication methods typically stem from an emotional response to fear.
As a coach, you can combat fear by providing...