Are You an Example of What You Ask of Others?

In the Mindset Coach Academy, its Month 4 which means coaches are stepping into being a Mental Training Expert! Yikes!
 
One part of this is that they make a video. Of themselves. Teaching one mindset tool. (You may have seen some of them in our private Facebook group as they share these videos.)
 
For many of these students, this is their first time teaching mental training on camera. For some of them, it triggers feelings of nervousness. Others aren’t necessarily scared of the camera but they self-sabotage in other ways; by getting into a perfectionism mindset, for example. They want everything about the video to be JUST RIGHT. Maybe they are waiting for the stars to align or for divine inspiration to strike.
 
Either way, they are stalling. Some of them have posted their videos, many have excuses why they haven’t. As you might imagine, most of the excuses aren’t absolute barriers but are rather rooted in fear or in perfectionism. Keep in...
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A 2-Minute Lesson on Athlete Arousal

In this short clip from our free, 1-hour mental training masterclass for coaches, we discuss how coaches can use it to help their athletes get into the right headspace before competition

This snippet is taken from our full-length masterclass, Game Face: Inside the Minds of Great Competitors. Click the link to join our next class! 

There you have it! In this short clip, you learned that every athlete (and coach) has an ideal level of mind/body arousal for their best performance.

In the next part, we discuss how to pinpoint your ideal arousal, and how to achieve it for your highest level of performance.

Then (for the remainder of our 50+ minutes together) we'll teach you even more tools to help you create a team of relentless competitors who take ownership over their mindset. 

You ready to get started? 

Click the link to sign up for this free, 1-hour coaches masterclass.

Game Face: Inside the Minds of Great Competitors. 

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Why Would I Want to Stick Out More by Being the Best? (Advice for Coaching Women Part 1).

Why would I want to stick out MORE by being the best?” 

....Said no man EVER (okay I’m exaggerating).

But if you coach women, you know what I’m talking about. Your female athletes don’t necessarily say this out loud, but their subconscious brain is SCREAMING it at them daily.

You see it in their performance; they play down to their teammates, don't take the last shot even though they are most likely to make it (is it fear of failure or fear of success?), don't score ‘too much’, play a great game or great half and then self-sabotage by playing down to a lower level of performance.

I know a little bit about this. I always wanted to be the best. And yet even I felt at a very young age the social COST of being the best. And it made me change my performance.

I stuck out on my high school team, I was from a different part of town, I was higher socioeconomically than many of my teammates, I was the arguably the best player as a...

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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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INTRODUCING: The Coaches Complete Mental Training Toolbox

Click the link to learn more about our newest course, the Complete Coaches Mental Training Toolbox. Early bird pricing ends soon! 


Why Don't Coaches Teach Mental Training?

So many coaches have the passion for mental training and the intention to do it but they still haven't started doing it. Why? Well, here is what they tell us:

Reason #1: They don’t know where to start

A lot of coaches that come to us have already some mental training knowledge; they learned a few tools sometime during their playing or coaching career, but not in any sort of organized way.

Oftentimes, this leads coaches to feeling paralyzed with indecision. They end up doing nothing because they don't know where to start. 

If you are one of these coaches, here is my advice: Doing one thing is better than doing no things.

With the Complete Coaches Mental Training Toolbox, we include a highly detailed user success guide that shows you exactly where to start by doing...

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Part 2: I started doing THIS and my game changed

One of the things I love most in this world is watching little kids play sports. I mean really little kids. In the late summer, the park by my house starts filling up with soccer practice. Portable goals get set up while five-year-old girls and boys run around with teeny, tiny, little shin guards and jerseys hanging down to their knees. The athletes' joy on the field, the crisp fall air, the excitement of competing, the fun of running and jumping and playing. Ahhhh, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s also a really useful thing to remember for those of us that have made sports into something serious, like a job or a vehicle to ‘success’.

When an athlete is struggling, one of the first things I'll do to help them is take them back to their joyful, childhood memories of playing their sport. It sounds almost too good to be true, but conjuring up memories of WHY we play, HOW much we love our sport, and WHAT is possible when we really truly focus on the JOY of...

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