5 Ways self-talk will help you now!

 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.

What I want for you

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...

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Empowered by mental training, volleyball setter regains her starting position

Being a volleyball setter isn't an easy job. Junior Jordan Timmer, a member of George Washington University's volleyball team in Washington, D.C., learned that the hard way.

Compared often to the quarterback of a football team, the setter's skill and toughness is key to a team's overall success. That's why when Timmer realized her skills were slipping last season -- and when she eventually lost her setter position -- she made a move to improve, entering into a lottery for mental training from one of the best volleyball setters out there: Olympian Courtney Thompson, who also works with Positive Performance as a Mental Training Coach.

Timmer knew it was time to boost her performance, empower her mind, and put her team back in the place they wanted to be: the winner's circle.

And she did. After training over the summer with Courtney, her team "is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season."

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Mental toughness creates trust, positivity, happiness

It wasn't that the Golden Eagles weren't tough. It was just that they lacked mental toughness. Patti Hoelzle is the head volleyball coach for Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Washington. She has a skilled team with the right level of fitness. A team consistently comprised of amazing athletes, tall and athletic girls who do well during practices... Now, that is. Before mental training came into play, they were a completely different team during matches.

The (mental toughness training) problem

In addition to the team unraveling during games, Coach Hoelzle had to consider retraining the athlete’s parents. She needed them to understand their young daughters were impressionable; that their conversations were affecting their children’s performance. What conversations, exactly? Well, the town enjoys a very successful youth athletic program. Unfortunately, that often means the parents almost automatically expect their children to win upon entering...

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Junior takes control with mental training, makes breakout season

Summer grew up in a small town with zero to very little competition. Like many athletes in similar shoes, when she started playing college sports--for her, women's volleyball at a Division III school--she was struck with a cold, hard fact: she wasn’t the best anymore.

Going from big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond was hard. By the end of her sophomore year, things were looking glum, and she knew she needed a change. That change was a commitment to mental training from Positive Performance which allowed Summer to change her strategy, take control, and make the season one of the best she’s ever played.

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them" - George Bernard Shaw.

Making the work, work

Summer was raised by a football coach, so she grew up with a good, strong training ethic. Because of that, she never...

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Courtney Thompson on leadership (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on Leadership

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: One of the things that we find with athletes a lot is that they struggle with leadership, there's, I mean, obviously, we can have a whole conversation about leadership, but one issue in particular is they struggle with leadership when they're not playing their best. You know, they're screwing up or they just blew it. How do you – I mean, that's one that your team probably needs it the most, right?

Courtney Thompson: Exactly.

Lindsey: So how do you maintain that leadership even if you're not doing that great?

Courtney: Yeah. It's a really hard one. But I think that's the biggest misconception in leadership, you know? The idea that one, you have to be the best player or always have to be...

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Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on mentally preparing (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on Mentally Preparing

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: Talk us through the mental preparation. You know one of the things obviously that we talk to our athletes a lot about is being able to see the success before you actually achieve it. And knowing that just because you see it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

Courtney Thompson: Right.

Lindsey: But you can almost assure that it’s not going to happen if you can’t see it.

Courtney: Right. Right. I think one thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t believe you can win, if you don’t believe your team can win, if you don’t believe in yourself, then there’s no point in showing up. And so for me, a lot of the work is doing enough training,...

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Courtney Thompson on the mental game (transcribed)

Originally posted in article Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game and Leadership, published November 26, 2014.

 

Volleyball Olympian Courtney Thompson on the Mental Game

Transcription of interview conducted by Lindsey Wilson, Positive Performance Training 

Lindsey Wilson: I think we really wanted to talk to you Courtney because I know you were really known for being hardworking athlete, and that's something that I've always respected about you. But I just want to talk to you a little bit. You know, everybody thinks about hard work and the physical side of working hard. You know, pushing through physical pain and staying motivated and I'm always fascinated of course by the mental component to pushing past that physical pain and the mental component to discipline. So can you just talk al little bit about that?

Courtney Thompson: Yeah. I think for me, even at a young age, I think it's always been important to me to know my mission. You know? And to...

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