Finishing a competition sounds simple and pretty basic. You start. You perform. You finish. It amazes me how many athletes “blow it” by letting up or putting on a show. It’s not just undisciplined it’s lazy, sloppy and insulting to others in the competition. But then a gain, maybe that is their point – to
Category Archives: Focus
Focus – Simple not Easy – Different things to Different People Many athletes have issues with focusing. Problems can come from focusing on the right things at the wrong time; wrong things at the wrong time; and from the inability to refocus when needed. So if you are one of them you are not alone.
Mental toughness most often described as that ability to push through pain or discomfort or to hang in there when the going gets tough. But mental toughness is not that narrow of a construct. One other form or aspect of mental toughness is patience. Patience requires discipline. Patience requires focusing on the right things at
Bargain runs aren’t something you seek out on Black Friday. You could have a bargain run any day. Ever have a workout that you: Loathe doing but know you need it, or Fear doing because you may not complete it, or Are stretching yourself beyond your current conditioning, or Just do not feel like doing
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
The July/August 2015 issue of the DAV Magazine had a compelling article about Lester Tenney. Mr. Tenney is another WWII veteran – one of the few remaining in an ever-dwindling number. He is one of even fewer who survived the Battaan Death March in the Philippines in 1942 and then imprisonment for more years. His story
Watched a video by a psychologist from a California university recently. Her research showed that dieters who visualized their desired state (future healthy, weight appropriate outcome) were more likely to cheat on their diets and fail at their goals. It was theorized that by envisioning oneself successfully achieving your goals (weight lost) your mind becomes
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
[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.
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;