Category Archives: Demotivators

Coaching Dilemma – Letting Athletes Grow – Part I

High school athletes often become attached to their high school coaches. For those who don’t, moving on to college athletics is a relief. High school coaches often become attached to their athletes. And letting go is sometimes as tough as parents letting go and seeing their child go off to college. The situation I have

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Will Power & Outcomes

“Self-control, known colloquially as willpower, refers to the mental processes that allow people to override any of their thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that compete with their overarching goals.” I wanted to highlight two points that are part of a sound mental game regardless of your goals. Though a bit long and academic for the average person

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Monday is the Day

Jawbone published exercise data from more than 100,000 people over a 12 month period. Interestingly (or not) it reveals that Monday is biggest workout day. And the rest of the week is downhill from there. In the USAToday article Monica Rogati from Jawbone states, “There’s a new week resolution effect. People are pumped about their

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Sometimes Just Shut Up

If someone close to you has been sidelined from sports for an extended period of time, I’ll bet you’ve tried to cheer them up. Haven’t you searched for magic words or advice could make things better? I watched an interesting video recently of Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a Professional Ballroom Dancer, who survived the Boston Marathon bombings where she lost

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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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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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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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Removing Demotivators

By now we all know and acknowledge that motivation comes from within (hackneyed but true… until someone discovers the Motivation Gene.) It is not something given to you. What that means to us as a coach, a parent or a boss is that we can only work at creating an environment that optimizes someone’s motivation.

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