With our goal to reach 1 million athletes and coaches with mental training, an important step in reaching that goal is answering the rudimentary (yet VITAL) question: What is mental training?
If you’re reading this blog you likely fit into one of these categories:
Whatever your path, we’re stoked that you’re here and hope that we can help you find clarity about what mental training is and how it can make a massive impact.
(For the sake of clarity, we’ll be speaking to coaches in this blog, but...
One of the first things I tell the athletes I work with is this: I'm not here to fix you - there's nothing that needs to be fixed. I'm here to reveal more of you.
I tell them this because in the past so much of sports psychology has been rooted in psychology (duh), which is about pathology (i.e. fixing those of us that need help).
These days, thanks to people like Martin Seligman and the Positive Psychology movement, we realize that psychology isn’t just about fixing (though it can be). It’s about enhancing.
In a sentence:
Just because you don’t NEED help doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from it.
And yet, some athletes still believe in the stigma of the sports psychologist: that using sports psychology in their training somehow means they are weak and not self-reliant.
And that’s a confidence killer.
Take one of the top badminton players in the world who, by all accounts, failed miserably mentally in a recent...