Mini Training: 4 Simple Steps To Improving Your Team Culture

Note from PPT: This blog is an overview of Lindsey Wilson's mini training, originally published in our Positive Performance Mental Training For Coaches group on Facebook.  Click the video below for the full training.

There are 4 areas (we like to call them "buckets") of team culture. These buckets represent the different parts of a team that need to be addressed in order to cultivate a positive and sustainable team culture. Build an army of leaders who are devoted to upwards trajectory and growth for the betterment of the team by addressing the following:  

Individual Mindset

If you've ever flown in an airplane, you've been told that in the case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on before helping others with their own. The same goes for athletes on a team.  If you're not taking care of, or feeling great about yourself, it's nearly impossible to contribute to a positive team culture. If you're tearing yourself down, you may even be subconsciously...

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The Opportunities We Don’t See


When I’m working with a team to teach them how the brain works, I take them through my go-to favorite exercise that illustrates a really important concept, one that is very easy to forget.

  • First, I tell everyone in the room to look around for the color red. They might suddenly notice the red sweatshirt, the red button, the tiny bit of red in the painting on the wall, little things that they hadn’t noticed before.
  • Then ask them what blue items they noticed in the room, and of course, they didn’t SEE blue because they weren’t LOOKING for blue.

I was reminded of this recently; reminded that this lack of awareness about things that you’re not looking for happens all the time. Even those of us that teach this stuff fall victim to it. That’s why we often need others in our life to remind us to look for opportunities, to see things in ourselves that we take for granted and don’t fully appreciate, to see the goodness in others, or to look...

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5 Simple Steps For Dealing With Nerves

You’ve seen or experienced it before: an athlete practices and trains with focus, determination, and passion for a competition only to tighten up in their big moment.

All that work....wasted.

Seeing an athlete break down and self-sabotage is heartbreaking. Nerves are complicated, and every athlete is different. For one athletes, nerves may make them just a little more hesitant, a little less joyful, a little more stressed than they need to be. For another, nerves can be the trigger that unleashes a flood of emotions. (And of course, for a lucky few, nerves are the thing that they need to compete at their best.)

Big or small, nerves often have unpredictable results and make it difficult for many athletes to play to their full potential.

When there is unrealistic pressure, it’s easy for athletes to get way too nervous, even quit on themselves, their goals, or their belief in what they can do.

So how do you as a coach help your athletes deal with their nerves? After all,...

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Keep Athletes Psychologically Sharp With This Visualization Exercise

Being ON all the time is physically and psychologically exhausting. If you notice your athletes becoming fatigued toward the end of the season or at the end of a tournament, it may be because they are not relaxing and re-booting between games. In this video, Lindsey describes two visualization exercises that can help your athletes be ON when it matters, and relax in their down time; helping them ward off fatigue and stay sharp on game day.

In this video, Lindsey points out that visualization training is based on the scientific evidence that the brain responds well to imagery. You can tell yourself to relax, but it's more impactful when you imagine relaxing in a systematic, visual way. Here are two scenarios that you can use to help your athletes visualize decompressing.

Deceleration Visualization

Have athletes relax somewhere quiet. They can lay down or sit up in silence. Tell them to take a deep breath and release. Tell them the following:

  1. Imagine you're driving a...
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Mental Health Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

On April 8, 2016, I read a Facebook post reporting that ex-Kansas University football player Brandon Bourbon committed suicide.

“Oh no…no, no, no,” I whispered back at the screen.

You would have thought I knew him. You would have thought we were related by the rush of emotions that took over.

I didn’t know Brandon personally. But as I sat, for almost an hour, reading through all the final goodbyes from family, friends, and former teammates, I just wanted Brandon back and a chance to tell him…I get it. His suicide shook me because there was a time when I would have wanted you to read my name instead of Brandon's.

I can’t put my finger on an exact time or event. It was a slow descent into depression and anxiety that influenced at least ten or more years of my life after college.

And so I need to take you back to high school, maybe even before that, and tell you that I have always been an athlete. Sporting a reversible green-and-yellow Parks and...

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4 Tips For Improving Performance With Sleep

It's no secret that sleep is one of the most important factors in staying healthy, focused, and high-performing. But do you know just how impactful a good night's sleep can really be? For more insight on the importance of sleep and how it affects performance, click the link to visit our blog examining a sleep study from Stanford University. Keep reading for sleep expert, Pat Byrne's...

4 Simple Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Sleep

  1. Make your room DARK! If you can hold your hand up within a foot of your face and you can still see your hand, your room is not dark enough. Melatonin is released when it’s dark (melatonin is the hormone that induces sleep). Wear a sleep mask or get black-out shades.
  2. Limit noise by wearing earplugs.
  3. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.  You can teach your body when it's time to rest, and sleep more deeply through the night by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.
  4. Limit blue light from phones, TVs,...
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Key Takeaways From The Final 4: A WBCA Spotlight

We had a great time at the WBCA Basketball Coaches Convention this year. Here are a couple videos of moments that we just had to share. The first is from Co-Founder, Lindsey Wilson's, talk about Mindfulness for coaches; and the second is a feature from Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson from U of Central Florida, who took her team through a drill to show how performance under fatigue and frustration can be trained in practice. Enjoy!

Lindsey Wilson: Mindfulness For Coaches



Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson: Resistance Band Exercise

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The Thing Technique

Uncategorized Mar 29, 2017

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How to Get Your Athletes Out of a Slump: #MT30 Day 18 Mini Training

blog Mar 18, 2017

The dreaded slump. Is there anything worse? 

Whether you‘re the athlete in the middle of it, frustrated because you don’t know where to turn, or a coach, parent, or teammate watching from the sideline and feeling helpless, slumps suck!

The truth is, it doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are...

Slumps hit all sports and all athletes.

But there are solutions...

In the past three days, I’ve worked with two athletes experiencing slumps. Unfortunately, coaching athletes out of their slumps isn’t unusual. Far from it. Slumps are very common, and they don’t discriminate; they hit every kind of athlete, no matter their sport, gender, seniority, age, or skill. Here are the stories of my two latest slump-stricken clients:

Jack is a 17-year-old baseball player who had an amazing junior year on the plate. He batted over .300 and set his sights on a college scholarship. Then senior year came and he experienced a few rough at-bats, starting...

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How To Unleash The Beast In A Shy Or Introverted Athlete: The Alter Ego Technique: #MT30 Day 13

In my experience with literally thousands of athletes, I’ve typically come across two main types of athletes:

1. The athletes that are the same on and off the field in regards to their personality and characteristics. (more common)

2. Athletes that are remarkably different on the playing field and off. (less common)

This is what I mean. An athlete can be shy off the field and really turn it on when the whistle blows. Or they can be sort of the same; introverted in the classroom, on the field, in the locker room etc. The same is true for more extroverted, bigger personality types. Some stay the same whether they are competing or not. Some are the life of the party but sort of fade back when playing their sport. 

The shy, introverted athletes are the ones I want to focus on today. Specifically, the ones that are more reserved in their personal life, BUT would play better if they were consistently more aggressive on the field.

If you’ve...

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