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COMMUNITY BLOG: How To Compete At Your Best (Regardless Of Your Opponent)

You’re midway through the season and you’re going up against a team with a far worse record. Last time you played this team, you OUTplayed them. Your team is going into the game confident (maybe even a little cocky) and all-but certain they’ll get that W. From every angle, this game should be a shut out. 

But as the game progresses, you notice:

  • Your athletes are making careless mistakes
  • You’re team is getting intercepted/rebounded/fouled out
  • Tempers are running high
  • Your team is inconsistent - timid one moment, overly aggressive the next

As the game continues, tensions rise high and frustration, disbelief, even a little panic bubbles to the surface. 

At the end of the game, you’ve lost… or maybe you’ve won. The score isn’t really the point. The point is that you played poorly.

You played down to your opponent. 

When we asked our Mental Training for Coaches Facebook group, “What do you do when your team...

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How Meditation Can Make You a Better Competitor

With claims of having the power to improve sleep, achieve goals, develop concentration, aid in disease prevention, and manage stress and anxiety (to name a few), the benefits of meditation are proven time and time again in various aspects health and wellness. 

But did you know that meditation can also help athletes and coaches perform better?! 

In this blog, we’ll talk all about meditation and discuss how it can help your athletes (and you) achieve your goals on (and off) the field. We will leave you with a 5-day meditation challenge at the end for you and your team. 

We'll start by talking about what brings most people to meditation in the first place: STRESS. 

Stress: Your VALID Fight or Flight Response

We are wired for stress.

It’s time we all face the reality: Stress is unavoidable. Like fear, stress is a necessary element of survival. Our brains are wired to pay attention to stress because it’s how we recognize (and thereby avoid)...

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Are You Greedy For Results?

 

Why do you practice long hours, put in time at the gym, run stairs on the weekends, go back to school, apply for that internship, or work overtime at the office? Oftentimes, you do it because you believe that it will all pay off.

You believe that it will earn you the result you really want.

Being greedy for results can be a good thing. It can keep your goals high, give you energy, and act as motivation when you’re approaching burnout. That little girl who says she’ll play in the WNBA someday might just make it because she has her eye on the prize, she’s greedy for results.

But being greedy for results is not always a good thing. When it goes too far, it can result in self-destruction. 

In this video, I’ll talk about:

  • What happens in the brain when you care too much about the outcome.
  • The symptoms of being greedy for results (the 2 ways you self destruct)
  • How to strike a balance between not caring enough and caring too much. 

This...

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Performance killers: Not managing athletes' arousal levels

We talk with a lot of coaches about inconsistency. In fact, I’d go so far to say this is the #1 issue that we’ve seen this year. As an athlete, I remember being frustrated with my team’s and my own inconsistency. We’d often ask ourselves:

  • Why would we play great one half and poorly the next?
  • Why did I score 30 points one game and 10 the next?
  • Why was I ready for the big game and lackluster for a minor game?

While the competition was part of it, I’ve realized that a big part of the problem was arousal management. We never effectively nor proactively managed our arousal level.

What is arousal?

Your “Arousal Level” is your state of readiness and refers to your physical, emotional and mental state. In simple terms, it is a measure of your internal energy level (also known as butterflies). It includes psychological (anger, confidence, fear, nervousness, aggression, etc.) and physiological (pulse, breathing, temperature, etc.) elements. The...

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