Category Archives: Mental Game Training

Finish it!

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

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Coaching Dilemma – Athlete Dilemma – Part II

Previously I addressed the issue of athletes going off to college and confronted with the reality of the pressures of collegiate competition and coaches. This time I want to discuss the high school youth athlete who has a conflict with their club and school teams. What do you do then? The conflicts between club coaches

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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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Mental Toughness and Patience

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

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Lucky Headbands and Lucky Socks = PR!

We all look for an edge – the edge. You know, the one that will get us that cherished victory, a new personal record time or distance. We will even create that edge when it doesn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. I want athletes to think in ways of tilting the playing field to their

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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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Visualization Leads us Astray?

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

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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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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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