Category Archives: Fear

Finishing Last

“I’ll be the slowest one out there.” “I’ll be last.” In every race, someone has to finish last. True. And no one actually has it as a goal to finish last. Like Jennifer’s friend in this article I have often said “Chances are, that’s not going to happen.” I mean, come on, if there are 1000

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Self-Belief Matters

In an article on self-belief, fellow mental game coach Brian Lomax discusses two key beliefs a mentally tough individual must have: Belief that you can attain your goals Belief that you possess unique abilities to best your opponents Brian also mentions optimism as a key to fostering these beliefs. If you are a critic, cynic or

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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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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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Feelings of Fear

Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of embarrassment. Fear for your life. Fear. Fear is an emotion we experience when we are faced with a challenge or threat (real or imagined) that we interpret to have the potential to harm us. That harm can be physical or emotional (ego). In the realm of athletics there

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