Mental Game Training
The physical side of performance gets the most attention, but mental performance is what keeps you motivated, focused, and committed when the game is on the line.
Who works with a Mental Game Coach?
Almost every college, Olympic and professional organization work with a mental game coach.
These top athletes are already world-class athletes. Why do they have a Mental Game Coach? They have a Mental Game Coach because they want to maintain their excellence and get EVEN BETTER. They want the cutting edge to reach and maintain PEAK PERFORMANCE.
You already train your body. It’s time You start training your mind.
What would it be worth to you to feel confident and successful in sports? How often do you opt to buy the latest and greatest sports equipment instead of investing in your mental game skills?
The key to your achieving success in your chosen sport, or any endeavor in life for that matter, will not be as a result of a different physical training program, or through a new set of drills, endless practice sessions, or with the latest technologically advanced sports gear, – it will be a result of your ability to establish and maintain emotional and mental momentum toward the realization of your personal vision.
Most performance problems that athletes struggle with are not a result of poor training, inadequate coaching or lack of technical or physical skills. When the heat of competition is turned up, typically the athlete or teams that fall apart do so because of mental factors like runaway nerves, fear, lack of confidence, poor focus/concentration, negativity, or self-doubt.
Parents of Young Athletes
Continue to Invest in More New Equipment, More Physical Training which doesn’t fix the problem…Or Invest in Your Child’s Mind?
Dear Sports Parents,
Every week, I receive calls from parents like you who want their children and teens to excel in sports. However, these parents can see fear, doubt, and frustration on the faces of their kids who struggle with the “inner” game of sports. But these parents have no idea how to help their kids overcome the worries, expectations and self-defeating thoughts that prevent their young athletes from feeling confident and successful.
It’s difficult for sports parents to watch their kids under-perform in sports and lose self-esteem due to fear, doubt and tentativeness. It’s hard to stand idle and watch. The solutions are not obvious. However, you, as a parent, can learn how to respond to your athletes’ fears, doubts, and frustrations.
You can develop happy, successful kids who are “mentally tough” in sports – and life!
A child or teen athlete may possess all the talent in the world. But if he can’t “get their head in the game” and realize their potential, their performance will suffer and they’ll be unhappy.
Below are classic examples from parents about their kids’ “mental game” roadblocks:
Parents report that their young athletes:
- Perform like stars in practice, but freeze up or play tentatively during games or competition
- Are distracted by worries about what a coach or teammates think about their performance
- Doubt their abilities as athletes at just the wrong moment during competition
- Expect too much of themselves, then beat themselves up for not meeting their high expectations
- Fall short of reaching their physical potential because they’re afraid of failing
- Freeze up and look scared when faced with competitive pressure
- Criticize themselves often after making mistakes
- Under-perform in response to negative feedback from jealous teammates
- Perform badly when their coach is hot-headed, upset or critical
- Lose confidence after working with a negative coach
I have helped hundreds of sports parents overcome these very challenges and many more like these. And I have the perfect solutions for you to help your child overcome mental challenges and gain confidence in sports!
Mental Game Training
It’s an educational and hands-on process that teaches athletes, coaches, and parents how to:
- Strengthen their mental game to improve performance
- Improve practice efficiency and transfer practice results to competition
- Proactively develop confidence, improve focus, composure, emotional control, stress management, etc.
- Use the power of neuroscience, visualization, and the power of positive thinking to strengthen confidence and results
- Return to competition after an injury
- Transition to the “next level” of competition (Varsity, College, Elite Club Teams, Travel Teams, etc.)
A Mental Game Coach can help you in these broad areas:
Mental Game Training is particularly valuable at helping with these critical performance issues just to list a few:
- Goal setting & Achievement
- Mental Practice
- Self-Discipline & Procrastination
- Getting in the Zone
- Slumps & Confidence
- Performing under Pressure
- The Fear of Success & Failure
- Injury Recovery
“That’s why 26 of the 30 MLB teams employ sports psychologists or mental-skills coaches, up from about 20 eight years ago.”
Charlie Maher, president of the Professional Baseball Performance Psychology Group, sport and performance psychologist for the Cleveland Indians.
Are You Playing To Your Full Potential
When professional scouts or coaches refer to the “makeup,” of an athlete they mean mental toughness. It’s a collection of values, attitudes, beliefs, and emotions, a blend of the flexibility to make adjustments with the perseverance to overcome obstacles.
Athletes who are mentally tough know how to control their emotions to perform in clutch situation; they can stay calm when breaks go against them; they avoid becoming intimidated; they don’t give in by changing plans, losing sight of goals, or taking the easy way out; they do the work to grow tough physically as well as mentally; they push themselves to become their best, even working through exhaustion; they are disciplined and avoid easy distractions; they bounce back from disappointments and adversity; they are prepared and know how to prepare; they do not make excuses, particularly to themselves; they overcome fear.