Category Archives: Distractors

Focus starts with Focus

I can’t tell you how often I get inquiries to help get someone to “focus better”. The problem is deeper and broader than something like “keep your eye on the ball”, or “count your breaths”, or “use your cue phrase”. Focus requires a focus. It requires a comprehensive concentration on your ultimate goal. So before

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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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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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Just One More Revisited

I wrote about my Just One More Approach years ago and included it as one Excuse Buster strategy in “Coach I didn’t run because…” It is simple. It is effective. It can maintain momentum by keeping the focus on doing the right things and not resting on one’s laurels. It can stop losing streaks by keeping

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3-Step Distraction Control

In the last post I gave an overview of how distractions decrease performance. Multitasking  is really organized distraction and actually decreases performance by 40%. Multi-tasking is only an illusion of increasing productivity. Instead of a full focus on a single task, we attempt to focus on one task and refocus on another (repeatedly). One task is a

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Performance Declines with Distractions

Dealing with distractions is a part of life. Effectively doing so however is infrequent. It’s not really new news but ongoing research demonstrates the negative effects of distractions and multi-tasking. Researchers have found that switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow down

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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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Youth and Applied Sports Psychology

I work extensively with youth athletes from many sports. They come to me with support from their parents and sometimes at the urging of their parents. I’m pleased to say that more often than not I meet well-meaning, objective and intuitive parents. They want what is best for their youth athlete. But they see my

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part I

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultramarathoning is mental and the answers are as variable as the people you ask. While one runner will state with certainty “it’s 90% mental” another will equally assertive state “it’s 10% mental”. The truth is no one has THE answer. And the answer will differ by person.

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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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