(For Athletes, Coaches, and High Performers)
When you hear the term ‘harnessing your inner power’, does it make you want to roll your eyes just a little bit? Don’t worry! I’m not about to gaze into a crystal ball, read tea leaves, or teach from an old scroll. I’m not that woo woo. As always, I’m teaching about this abstract topic from the perspective of what I know. And what I know is how to train your mindset.
Because at the end of the day, when your outward success is stripped away and life shakes you to your core, all that you have left is the strength you’ve built inside.
Harnessing your inner power begins with cultivating your deeply rooted beliefs; about yourself, others, and the world around you. Take a good hard look at your inner beliefs because action always follows belief. Consciously and subconsciously your actions will always try to prove that the beliefs that you hold are true. So you...
Before a breakthrough always comes a moment of radical, painful honesty. A moment where we speak truth to ourselves, admit our weaknesses, and look our bullshit right in the eye.
Whether you’re silently weeping into your coffee, or flying high on life today, this is that moment. This is the moment I help you name the thoughts that are keeping you small. Because the truth is, we all have them; even those of us who look like we have it all together. And we can’t overcome them until we name them.
For many of us that have done hard things in our lives and overcome challenges already, these thoughts aren’t always the obvious ones. It’s not that we don’t believe in ourselves enough, or we aren’t willing to put in the work. It’s not that we aren’t living bravely, or that we don’t want to reach that next level. I work with tough, driven people every day and it’s almost never that obvious. It’s much more subtle.
In the video above, we talk about why we created the BRAVR™ Method and who it's for.
It can feel overwhelming starting a mental training program with your team, especially if you're also in charge of the Xs and Os.
That's why, we created The BRAVR™ Method.
If you have time to do just ONE THING every day, let it be The BRAVR™ Method.
If you are really serious about developing athletes that are mentally prepared for competition, the number one thing you can do to help them 'get their head in the game' is to teach them to visualize.
The BRAVR™ Method gives coaches framework to guide their athletes through a 5-minute, hard-hitting visualization exercise. The BRAVR™ Method seamlessly introduces athletes to the power of visualization, positive self-talk, and mindfulness, and helps athletes learn to take control of their mindset, in and out of competition.
You don't have to take our word for it, here's what one...
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....
"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...
By Olympian Courtney Thompson
“You should exercise unrelenting discipline over your thought patterns. Cultivate only productive attitudes… You are the product of everything you put into your body and mind.” -I Ching
In my experience, it’s pretty safe to assume that everyone wants to be confident. No matter what you are doing: Playing a game, giving a speech, on a date, or taking a test at school, it’s going to be infinity more enjoyable when you feel good about who you are in that moment. In other words, confident in your own skin.
I know from personal experience how painful it is to NOT be truly myself in a given moment. It’s a feeling, in my opinion, significantly worse than losing or failing or any of the things we spend time worrying about.
This is my challenge to the athletes I work with: Fight and work towards being your true self, nothing more and nothing less, in every environment you...
Imagine you possess all the material success you’ve ever dreamt of. You have a career full of accomplishments, you live in the house you’ve always pictured, and you hold the respect and admiration of your peers, colleagues, and friends.
In other words, you’d expect to be wildly confident in yourself, right?
Well, not exactly…. While we all picture a future where we ‘arrive’ at our most confident selves, the reality is that’s not how confidence works.
When I'm working with athletes, it’s easy for me to look at the ones who have been successful and think, “Now, that’s confidence!”
However, many times I don’t know the backstory of how they got to that point. So while, at times, I'm witnessing true confidence, the result of hard work, failure, and perseverance other times I'm seeing mere “surface confidence”, or an unsustainable, skin-deep confidence that doesn’t...
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 a lot, especially coming from someone like me who’s a big believer in the power of the glass-is-half-full mentality. The complication with positivity is that it can be hard to distinguish what is actually helpful and what is just, well, fluff.
That’s why I want to talk specifically about self-talk. Because, self-talk serves as the basis for so many things in our lives: our beliefs, our outlook, our confidence, how we interact with others, and much, much more. But I don’t just want to talk about self-talk alone, I also want to dive into the research behind it to make sure this isn’t just another ‘positive self-talk is great’ article. Yay!