8 Ways Becoming a Mindset Coach Will Transform Your Team

2 Reasons You're Not Practicing Mental Training with Your Team

If you are here, you are probably either already practicing mental training with your team OR you fall into one of the two categories: 

  1. You don't believe that mental training is the fastest and easiest route to higher performance.
  2. You don't know how to train the mind. Maybe you've done some training in the past, but you've never had a proven system to teach mental training.

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...

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The 'AS IF' Mindset Hack

A few years ago I started learning about emotional labeling and it sort of blew my mind. Not the principle of it- it’s exactly what it sounds like… you identify your emotions and label them. But you do it in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you ARE the emotion. So instead of saying I’m stressed, or I’m sad, you say I FEEL sad or I FEEL stressed.

Which is a pretty awesome tool because it helps you recognized that, although it feels like it, we are not ACTUALLY our emotions. Emotions are based on our thoughts, our thoughts we have the power to change.

But I digress. What got me about this particularly mindset hack is that it’s so freaking SIMPLE! I wondered why I failed to learn about it until I was 30. But isn’t that the case with a lot of these tools- we FINALLY find the ones that work for us and we think ‘why did no one tell me this before?’

I was listening to a podcast this morning about emotional labeling which got my...

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What Are You So Afraid Of? Fear, Procrastination, and the 'Bad Timing' Myth

I went skydiving one time. It wasn’t my idea. I was interning after college back in Ames, Iowa and when my internship ended, my boss said he had a surprise for us. He drove us out to a small airport one Tuesday afternoon,  plopped down $700 on the counter, and said... 

“I’m going skydiving today, yours is paid for if you want to do it too.”

I had never wanted to skydive but I knew in that moment if I didn’t take action, I NEVER would. I would let fear paralyze me and it would never happen. I also knew that THIS opportunity wouldn’t necessarily come again. Sure, there are a million skydiving outfits all over the world, but opportunities don’t just materialize over and over again. They are there, and then they are gone.

I’m glad I did it. It was exhilarating, terrifying, and something I will always remember. I know if I had thought too hard about it, if I’d told myself, ‘I’m only 25,...

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How to Become the Master of Your Free Time

Like many of you, I have a lot of balls in the air every day. I’m wearing one hat in the morning, then I switch to another, then I switch to yet another and around and around we go. And that is on a GOOD day.

Things get thrown off one way or another all the time; someone gets sick, emotions get the better of me, or the unexpected ‘to do’s’ take center stage.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed. AND it feels justified. But what if it isn’t?

I read a book a few years ago and it SO hit home because it challenged this cultural belief that we HAVE NO TIME.

The Truth About Time

Forgive me for paraphrasing a really good book, but this is what I took away from it (mind you, some of this is probably my own thoughts triggered by this book):

  • We have something like 30 hours of leisure time a week.
  • We CHOOSE to be busy.
  • We are addicted to being busy.
  • Prioritize your time and you’ll find you have more of it.

Honestly, I think about this book...

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Trisha Kroll: How a 'Floundering Mindset Coach' Gained the System she Needed to Level-up Her Business

 

Coach Trisha Kroll describes her past self as a 'floundering mindset coach'. As a Division I volleyball athlete and the owner of The Diff (club volleyball) she knew firsthand how important mental training is, but she didn't know how to go about teaching it. Bouncing from book to book to blog, Trisha educated herself on the mental game and scrapped together what she could to help her athletes, but she knew it wasn't enough. 

When she applied to be in the Mindset Coach Academy, she came to us seeking support to help her be proactive about reaching the big goals she has for her company. In her words,

I've been reactive and not proactive about building a system... You don't rise to the level  of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems. 

Through the Mindset Coach Academy, Trisha has felt confirmed in the value of mindset coaching, and re-energized through the process of starting with her own mindset. She has doubled her prices, will soon triple them and...

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How Your Brain Tricks You Into Playing it Safe

 

One of the things we know about the human brain is that is VERY good at doing the task at hand IF it has the right system operating. But each system has BOTH limitations and attributes. Its strengths in one situation can present as weaknesses in another.

I like to think of it as trying to create a PowerPoint on Microsoft word. I mean, you can kind of do it but it will be messy and WAY harder than if you just switch systems. Why not use the system that was DESIGNED to create a presentation?

Fight or Flight

This is particularly relevant when we are talking about our sympathetic nervous system. This is the part of your body that's responsible for how you respond to danger and for firing the fight or flight response to help you survive.  This response system is highly evolved and is the reason why humans are alive today.

In historic times, the fight or flight response fired when anytime there was a real risk of physical danger present. Now, it fires...

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Why Successful People Pay for Mentorship

 

It’s easy to assume that because you HAVE support in your life that it’s the RIGHT support. Most of the time, I'd venture to say the support we have on an everyday basis is enough for doing what we are doing NOW. But if we are trying to get to another level, trying to break through to something bigger and bolder, the support structure around us is like the scaffolding needed to build a higher building. It has to rise for us to build higher.

Because here is the thing: There is the ‘I love you, I believe in you and your big goals’ type of support. And there is the “You can push yourself way more and I’ll support you every step of the way.” And it’s really hard for people to serve both types of support consistently. Yes, my husband can kick my butt at times (and definitely does) but EVERY time we sit down for a glass of wine, do I REALLY want him in that role? Does he want to be in that role all the time? Of course not.

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How to Know If You Are Hiding Your Gifts, And What To Do About It

 

Note: This video is about the Mindset Coach Certification. Applications for the Mindset Coach Certification are currently closed through spring of 2020. To be the first to know when applications open again, put your name on our waitlist.

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In my previous video blog, I talked about selling, and it resonated with a lot of you. The truth is, everybody is selling something, even if it's just selling yourself as an asset. Often, we hide what we really care about, our gifts, from the world. We justify this by telling ourselves our message isn't well thought out enough, or people won't be interested in it. Perhaps we think about how other people are already out there doing it 'better' than we are, or we know that even if our message connects to one person, there will be a lot of people that won't receive it. So, we hide our...

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Want to be a Mindset Coach? Learn to sell or you will always work for someone who can.

 

In order to become a successful mental training coach, you have to be able to do these 3 things:

  1. Have Mental Training skills
  2. Be able to TEACH mental training
  3. Be able to SELL mental training

Oftentimes, people are naturally good at one of these, maybe two if they're lucky. Rarely are people good at all three without having to really work at it. That said, you have to do all three in order to be able to make a big impact on your athletes and run a successful business. The good news is, it's not rocket science, EVERYONE can learn how to be good at all three, you just have to be willing to learn. 

In my experience, most people struggle with the selling part above all else; it doesn't come naturally to a lot of people (including me). Although you may prefer to have someone else sell your services for you, the reality is, that's not usually an option.

The reason I've been successful at being a mindset coach is because I learned how to sell. You HAVE to learn how to...

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Coaches: If There Was ONLY One Tool I Could Teach You, This Would Be It.

 

This video was originally streamed on Facebook Live. Watch the video, and/or read the brief synopsis below to learn about the most powerful mental training tool you should be teaching your athletes. 


I get some variation on this question from coaches a lot:

Lindsey, which mindset tool will help my coaching and my athletes the most? 

My answer? 

The greatest all-around tool that can truly benefit everyone on your team (including you) is visualization. 

If you follow this blog, you've likely heard me mention visualization before (most recently, here, and here). Today, I'm going to keep it simple and talk about how visualization can help you really get through to your athletes. 

What is Visualization?

Visualization is a method in which you imagine a storyline. This enables you to experience something on a deeply emotional level without posing any real risk.

Learn more about the scientific research behind visualization in our previous blog, The Top 5...

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