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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 to Set Goals You Will Actually Achieve.

 

Note: This video was originally posted on the new year in 2019, but the text has been altered for 2020.  


I LOVE the New Year. Rationally, I know that it’s just another day, but in my heart, it helps me to stop to reflect on my life and give hope to my dreams. As with most New Years, I’ve taken time off, basked in some good vacation and family time, and now I’m ready to get to WORK.

2020is going to be huge for me and for Positive Performance. I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now absolutely freaking PUMPED about this year (and it’s not just the coffee:)

But I also know that when I feel that excitement I have to manifest that energy it into something ACTIONABLE (i.e. a plan). From a mindset perspective I also do one very important (albeit counterintuitive) thing: 

I LET GO of goals.

So often we write goals and let them linger on the back burner for the magical ‘someday/some year’ land. We not only...

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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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Community Blog: Where Do I Even Start With Mental Training?

When we asked our Mental Training for Coaches Facebook group, “For a coach just starting mindset work, what advice would you give them?”, we received a flood of advice. It was exciting for us to read through comments posted by coaches of all age groups, sports, levels of experience, and longevity in the field, and we realized, the advice shared on that Facebook thread was too good for us to keep to ourselves.

We handpicked what we believe to be the most valuable advice from those that contributed to the discussion, and added our own perspective into this blog to help coaches who are new to mental training get started on the right foot. 

Here's what our coaching community had to say...

Adopt A Growth Mindset As A Coach

The first life you change is your own. Live what you teach.

If you follow Positive Performance at all, you have probably heard us say it before; it all starts with you. 

Implementing mental training into our your life means...

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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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When Doing What You Hate Makes You A Better Person

I just got back from 8 days in paradise. Our family has a 100-year old cabin in Desolation Wilderness built by my husband’s great grandfather; It’s rustic and simple and has no cell reception. It has no TV and no central heating. We hike into the mountains, make nightly fires, swim in the alpine lakes, and eat dinner on the deck with just the sky, the trees, and the sound of streams running and birds chirping and chipmunks scuttling among the rocks.

Now that I'm a mom, vacation is about THEM. Watching my 4-year old climb for 2 hours on the steepest mountain trail, watching my two daughters invent games with sticks and rocks and pine cones, teaching them how to catch and release crawdads from hand-made fishing poles, seeing them play in the same stream their dad and grandfather grew up playing in.

It’s heaven.

While I was on vacation, I didn't work for a second, but I did carve out some ‘me’ time; and for me, 'me' time means more than just...

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Love the Shot Clock and Shoot Before You Turn it Over

I do better with limitations. If you give me a project and tell me I have forever to do it, my brain does not get excited. But, if you give me a deadline, I will knock it out like it’s my JOB. I think most people are like that. Ever had an athlete who got better grades in season than off season?

With just a little challenge and a little adrenaline, BOOM, your mind will focus on RESULTS and you'll get WAY more done. 

When deadlines don't exist on their own, there are ways to give yourself limitations of your own in order to really benefit from this type of a mind shift. 

How to Create Deadlines for Higher Productivity

The next time you're feeling sluggish or demotivated, or overwhelmed by your task list, try the following process. 

  1. Give yourself a task
  2. Give yourself a time limit that is WAY shorter than the length of time it typically takes you to do this task. 
  3. Shift your mindset from ‘Take the time I need to get it done right’...
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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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