How do I reconcile my personal beliefs with my responsibility and commitment to my team?

We had the great pleasure to speak with Dr. Jenny Lind Withycombe about diversity among elite athletes.  Dr. Withycombe, has over 15 years experience within the field of athletics as an athlete, coach, consultant, sport psychologist, and diversity and inclusion educator. Most notably Dr....

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Help me help you: 3 Ways coaches can reveal the truth behind mental training

One of the first things I tell the athletes I work with is this: I'm not here to fix you - there's nothing that needs to be fixed. I'm here to reveal more of you.

I tell them this because in the past so much of sports psychology has been rooted in psychology (duh), which is about pathology (i.e....

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8 ways mental training will make you better now

You know that the mind is a huge part of athletic success. Unfortunately, it’s usually the least emphasized part of your athletic training and yet, is the easiest and fastest route to higher performance.

Why aren't you doing mental training? Typically, we see two reasons...

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Losing to Win: 6 Sports stories that will change how you see your next loss

No one wants to hear about


Sports stories don’t end in loss.

Athletes like YOU have amazing stories of struggle...

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Creating change for better performance: Distinguishing between fixed & growth mindsets

Change happens on a cellular level. The gist is this: we all get hooked on hormones. For example, if you are used to being stressed all the time, your cells not only adjust to the high levels of cortisol (that’s the “stress hormone”) in your system, but you actually begin to ...

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How to play when there’s nothing left to play for

Thanks to Coach Julia Tamai from UCSB Softball for the inspiration for this article.

Have you ever experienced that moment when it’s obvious that this season just isn't going down in the record books? When it’s become clear you aren't going to win a championship, or make the...
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Mindfulness for kids: Coaching kids in safety and fun

In case you didn’t know, yesterday, April 26th, was Safe Kids Day 2015. It’s a special day dedicated to celebrating children and keeping them safe. We at Positive Performance like kids and we like staying safe. Truly, it’s a win-win. :)

As a new dad, I’m especially aware...

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Love yourself beautiful: Raising the self-esteem of athletic women

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Women are assaulted every day with the definition of what our culture deems “beautiful”. Thick or thin, curvy or flat, pale or tanned, tall or short, dressed this way or that, it seems the requirements for being beautiful morph alongside seasonal...

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Empowered by mental training, volleyball setter regains her starting position

Being a volleyball setter isn't an easy job. Junior Jordan Timmer, a member of George Washington University's volleyball team in Washington, D.C., learned that the hard way.

Compared often to the quarterback of a football team, the setter's skill and toughness is key to a team's overall success....

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The truth about positive self-talk

There’s a lot out there about positivity and the importance of having a positive mindset: talking to yourself positively, talking to your kids positively, even talking to your pets positively. (Groan... Yes, it’s a thing!)

All this positivity can be a bit much.

And that’s saying...

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