Negative vs. Positive: Thought Discipline and The Harder Path to Self-Growth

You know what’s really easy? Being negative. You know what’s really hard? Being positive.

In sports (and beyond) we don’t really ‘get' this all the time. Sometimes, we get it a bit confused because negativity can easily be mistaken for positive attributes such as drive or resilience. 
 
I had a coach once who everyone respected. "Look how competitive he is!", they’d say, "He’s so DRIVEN!", they’d comment as he grumbled and stomped around and yelled at players.
 
Give me break. Anyone can be negative.
 
It’s not a badge of honor. It doesn’t mean you ‘want it’ more than others. All it means is that you don’t control your thoughts and you’ve learned to be driven by fear alone. Because under that negativity, under that anger is a feeling that you aren’t good enough.
 
Take the athlete that is overly hard on HERSELF. That’s easy. She beats herself up after every...
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8 Ways Becoming a Mindset Coach Will Transform Your Team

2 Reasons You're Not Practicing Mental Training with Your Team

If you are here, you are probably either already practicing mental training with your team OR you fall into one of the two categories: 

  1. You don't believe that mental training is the fastest and easiest route to higher performance.
  2. You don't know how to train the mind. Maybe you've done some training in the past, but you've never had a proven system to teach mental training.

If you have a healthy appreciation of mental training, you may have even tossed around the idea of bringing Positive Performance (or another mental training expert) to your campus to work with your team.  

While bringing another coach in to train your athletes has its obvious benefits,  I want to propose another option, one that you may not have thought about before: Why don’t YOU become the mindset coach for your team? 

Before diving into these benefits, I want to first address the coaches here who...

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What Are You So Afraid Of? Fear, Procrastination, and the 'Bad Timing' Myth

I went skydiving one time. It wasn’t my idea. I was interning after college back in Ames, Iowa and when my internship ended, my boss said he had a surprise for us. He drove us out to a small airport one Tuesday afternoon,  plopped down $700 on the counter, and said... 

“I’m going skydiving today, yours is paid for if you want to do it too.”

I had never wanted to skydive but I knew in that moment if I didn’t take action, I NEVER would. I would let fear paralyze me and it would never happen. I also knew that THIS opportunity wouldn’t necessarily come again. Sure, there are a million skydiving outfits all over the world, but opportunities don’t just materialize over and over again. They are there, and then they are gone.

I’m glad I did it. It was exhilarating, terrifying, and something I will always remember. I know if I had thought too hard about it, if I’d told myself, ‘I’m only 25,...

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How to Become the Master of Your Free Time

Like many of you, I have a lot of balls in the air every day. I’m wearing one hat in the morning, then I switch to another, then I switch to yet another and around and around we go. And that is on a GOOD day.

Things get thrown off one way or another all the time; someone gets sick, emotions get the better of me, or the unexpected ‘to do’s’ take center stage.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed. AND it feels justified. But what if it isn’t?

I read a book a few years ago and it SO hit home because it challenged this cultural belief that we HAVE NO TIME.

The Truth About Time

Forgive me for paraphrasing a really good book, but this is what I took away from it (mind you, some of this is probably my own thoughts triggered by this book):

  • We have something like 30 hours of leisure time a week.
  • We CHOOSE to be busy.
  • We are addicted to being busy.
  • Prioritize your time and you’ll find you have more of it.

Honestly, I think about this book...

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Trisha Kroll: How a 'Floundering Mindset Coach' Gained the System she Needed to Level-up Her Business

 

Coach Trisha Kroll describes her past self as a 'floundering mindset coach'. As a Division I volleyball athlete and the owner of The Diff (club volleyball) she knew firsthand how important mental training is, but she didn't know how to go about teaching it. Bouncing from book to book to blog, Trisha educated herself on the mental game and scrapped together what she could to help her athletes, but she knew it wasn't enough. 

When she applied to be in the Mindset Coach Academy, she came to us seeking support to help her be proactive about reaching the big goals she has for her company. In her words,

I've been reactive and not proactive about building a system... You don't rise to the level  of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems. 

Through the Mindset Coach Academy, Trisha has felt confirmed in the value of mindset coaching, and re-energized through the process of starting with her own mindset. She has doubled her prices, will soon triple them and...

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Coaches: If There Was ONLY One Tool I Could Teach You, This Would Be It.

 

This video was originally streamed on Facebook Live. Watch the video, and/or read the brief synopsis below to learn about the most powerful mental training tool you should be teaching your athletes. 


I get some variation on this question from coaches a lot:

Lindsey, which mindset tool will help my coaching and my athletes the most? 

My answer? 

The greatest all-around tool that can truly benefit everyone on your team (including you) is visualization. 

If you follow this blog, you've likely heard me mention visualization before (most recently, here, and here). Today, I'm going to keep it simple and talk about how visualization can help you really get through to your athletes. 

What is Visualization?

Visualization is a method in which you imagine a storyline. This enables you to experience something on a deeply emotional level without posing any real risk.

Learn more about the scientific research behind visualization in our previous blog, The Top 5...

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Want to be a Certified Mindset Coach? Did You Know You Get 2 Certifications in 1?

 

Note: This video is about the Mindset Coach Certification program. Applications for the Mindset Coach Certification are currently closed through fall of 2020. To be the first to know when applications open again, put your name on our waitlist.


Being able to deliver personalized, customized guide visualizations has been the #1 reason I've been able to impact my clients on a huge level, find satisfaction in my work, and cut down my hours (while increasing my income) as a mindset coach. 

With the addition of The Performance Visualization Specialist certification, our Mindset Coach Academy students graduate with 2 certifications! Watch the video to learn more about how being a Certified Mindset Coach AND a Certified Performance Visualization Specialist can help you maximize your impact and your income. 


Mindset Coach Academy - 2020

We are accepting applications for the Mindset Coach Certification this Fall, 2020. To be the first to know about this...

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Mark Ehlen: From Sitting on the Sidelines to Ready to Influence the World

 

I'm sure we can agree that nothing is quite as impactful as a good TRUE story of a life changed for the better. Today, I want to tell you about Mark Ehlen; he's one of the coaches in the Mindset Coach Academy who will be graduating with his Mindset Coach Certification (along with his class) in just a couple weeks. 

Mark's basketball resume is impressive, he is a heavily awarded, 30-year Division I college coach with a reputation for winning (to put it lightly). Due to his noteworthy coaching career, Mark was also inducted into the Hall of Fame; an honor well-deserved. Although he hung up his head coaching whistle a few years ago when he retired, coaching was never just a career for Mark; coaching is deeply engrained in him. 

With a lifetime of knowledge about the game of basketball and a deep respect for the mental game, a traditional retirement story arc never quite suited Mark. As he puts it: "I'm...

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3 Ways to Use the Mindset Coach Certification (VIDEO)

 

 


Note: We are accepting applications for the Mindset Coach Certification this Fall, 2020 for our next cohort. To be the first to know about this upcoming 4-month hands-on certification course, put your name on our waitlist. Those on our waitlist will be the first to know details. 


With the launch of our Mindset Coach Certification, we've been giving you tons of information to help you decide if this certification is right for you.

1. You Want to Grow as an Athletic Coach.

You may sign up for our certification course primarily because you want to expand your understanding of the mind, and add our certification to your coaching resume. You want to learn more about the mental game and be able to offer extra value to your team. If you want to get certified for your own growth and credibility, this is an excellent way to do that. You'll be able to immediately take new concepts and strategies to your existing team, and will have the...

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My #1 Tool for Making Massive Impact With My Clients: Becoming a Certified Performance Visualization Specialist

 

When I was in my mid 20s, I became really interested in doing mindset work. My ongoing research and conversations with friends and colleagues ultimately led me to meeting Dr. James Hollingsworth, a trained hypnotist, and the first person to ever introduce me to the immense impact of hypnotism and guided visualization. One thing Dr. Hollingsworth taught me is that the best way to learn about and understand hypnotism is by experiencing it firsthand.

I remember the first time I was hypnotized so clearly; it sticks out in my mind. I remember what the room looked like, the overwhelming feelings that surfaced, and the ultimate relief. Truthfully, the first time I was hypnotized, I started crying. I was so present. I remember being blown away by my own mind. I had years of mental training behind me, I was no stranger to the power of the mind, and yet I was still surprised. It was different. I couldn’t believe I was able to have such an extremely powerful experience just by tapping...

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