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5 Ways To Improve Your Game While In Quarantine

YOU have been affected by COVID-19.

Whether it’s school closures, season cancelations, challenges working from home, or threats to your own health and wellbeing, no one is spared, and our hearts go out to those that are hit the hardest. 

And while we can’t offer you childcare, checks, or the season end you hoped for, we will support you the best way we know how: With tips on how you can maintain your growth mindset and improve your game during this time of disruption.  

After all, if there’s one thing this crisis illustrates, it’s that we’re all in this together. Read on for our tips below. 

 

Visualization

Visualization is a powerful way to practice your sport without physically doing it. By visualizing success in your sport, you subconsciously increase your belief in your abilities. When you change how you see your abilities, your performance changes. 

The most elite athletes in the world know that visualization helps...

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Struggling with PreGame Nerves? Do These 2 Things

 

In my opinion there is nothing more important than pre-competition mindset work. After all, if you can't show what you can do when the lights come on, who really cares about anything else? Game time is show time. 

It's also where many athletes get hung up. In fact, I would say that dealing with pre-game nerves is one of the biggest differences between elite athletes and everyone else. 

Elite athletes believe that nerves are a PART of peak performance. Everyone else thinks that pre-game nerves are something to be avoided. 

So what to do if your athletes are struggling with pre-game nerves? Do these 2 things. 


If you want to make a BIG impact teaching athletes the mental game, THIS is the next step.

Join us for our FREE, 1-hour masterclass for coaches: Game Face: Inside The Minds of Great Competitors.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The mental component that separates good athletes from great athletes
  • How to help your athletes crush their self-imposed...
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5 Ways being sidelined can be a good thing

Nobody likes injury. First, it hurts. Second, it means you need to take time out in order to heal. Third, being apart from the game and from your team can leave you isolated and alone. Nobody likes feeling alone. But the fact is that injury is a part of sports. There comes a day when every athlete is injured, and many have to sit it out of practice and games until they've been given the thumbs up to start playing again. You can’t change injury once it’s there. So own it, face it head on, and commit to healing from it as you would commit to taking down an opponent.


The mental side of injury

There’s a lot of mental flak that gets thrown into your face when you’re injured. Even though we mainly focus on mentally preparing athletes for performance, we know that preparing athletes for periods of non-performance is also important, but it’s also a whole different ball game. That’s because you can’t meditate your way out of an...

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Confidence and female athletes: Haves or have nots?

Men overestimate, women underestimate.

If only I had a nickel for every time I heard that from a coach when they were asked, “What’s the difference between coaching men and coaching women?”

Which brings me to a question that has literally been nagging me for years:

Do women naturally have less confidence than men?

This question is really tough for me because I have this knee-jerk emotional reaction that screams ‘Of course NOT!’

But then a quieter voice asks, ‘Hmm. Do we? And, if so, what can we DO about it?’

In my work with male and female athletes of  all ages, I will say there are clear differences between the two. And two things stick out for me: Men somehow know that appearing confident is beneficial, even if it’s just a façade, and the ‘fake it till you make it’ principle really does work in regards to confidence.

Sometimes.

But, that’s just my opinion.

What do smart people say about this?

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How fear impacts performance

In this article:

  • Learn what fear is, and what it isn’t.
  • A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT 3 TYPES OF FEAR.
  • Understand how irrational fears affect you.
  • Learn to control your fear by finding your Zone.

 

Control your fear


I work a lot with athletes on fear. Unfortunately, most believe fear is a weakness. It’s not. Our bodies are designed to feel fear. The problem is that we humans commonly lack the mental tools necessary to deal with fear, thereby allowing fear to run our lives.

I had three experiences lately that made me reflect upon fear in a more personal way: two were in the ocean; the last was on a flying trapeze (yes, that’s me in the photo at right).  

Fear experience #1: Powerlessness.

I was in Hawaii over the holiday. While i was there, my boyfriend and I decided to go snorkeling...Terrible idea.

We had just traversed the rocky shore and immersed ourselves in the water when the tide shifted. We were caught in a washing machine of currents. The waves threw us...

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