Category Archives: Anxiety

Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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Funny Things People Say About Mental Game Training

No doubt that when it comes to a person’s weaknesses the last thing someone wants to do is advertise them. But let’s look at this a bit closer. Any of the following are considered weaknesses in sports: trouble dribbling to your left; hitting high and inside pitches; finishing with a blazing kick; or hitting from the rough;

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Failing is a Part of Greatness

“I failed over and over, that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, NBA 6 time World Champion He missed 9000 shots, missed 26 game winning shots, lost 300 games. This well known quote by Michael Jordan and the tagline often punctuates an effort to get people overcome their fear of failure. Yet our culture continues to

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Road to Return to Action – Requires Taking Action!

One of the keys to expediting a return to your sport while injured or sick is our attitude and mental focus. It has been shown that those who demonstrate a more positive outlook and learn to focus on controlling the controllables recover faster. It has also been shown that those with clear goals to move

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Keeping Competition Results in Perspective

A version of this post was previously posted in The Running World According to Dean. It’s important to be passionate about what you do. Wanting and striving to be the best we can be; breaking personal records – winning championships – beating opponents – winning medals – gathering t-shirts. But keeping race performances in perspective

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Can I Use a Mental Game Technique to Be Mentally Tough?

Mental game techniques encompass aspects of goal setting, focus and refocusing cues, visualization/imagery, performance triggers and cues, reframing, relaxation, process goals, confidence builders, affirmations, emotion control, dealing with fears, personal motivators – and much more. Each of these have many techniques and skills to master. And all of these encompass the concept of mental toughness. So,

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Do I need a Mental Game Coach or am I just Crazy?

Recently I had a couple athletes mention to me that they weren’t sure if mental game coaching was warranted for them. They alluded to must being “abnormal” or “kinda crazy” if someone would need a mental game coach. It’s a curious stigma attached to mental game coaching field. Mental game coaching, mental toughness coaching, or

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Hypnosis and Running: Part III – What a session involves

The process for hypnosis is simple and there is nothing magic about it. Before you begin, the hypnotherapist should do a thorough interview and you both should be comfortable with each other before you proceed. If you are not comfortable with your hypnotherapist you will have a far greater difficulty (or possibly fail at) getting

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Hypnosis and Running: Part II

This is my second post on the use of hypnosis as a performance enhancing aid to your running (athletic) performance. I’ll start this with a couple terms that have all kinds of connotations to people – most often negative. Hypnotherapists and writings on hypnotherapy use terms like “hypnotic state” or “trance”. No worries. It just

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