About timothyherzog

Tim holds Masters degrees in both counseling/sport psychology and in clinical psychology, and a Doctorate in counseling psychology. He has worked with high performers at several universities (including the US Naval Academy), an elite sports camp (IMG Academies), and with US Army personnel (Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Lewis). Tim gives workshops for sport psychology practitioners, coaches, and athletes for many organizations including the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, USA Gymnastics, and US Sailing.

Goal-Setting in the 21st Century

I am working with many clients these days on goal-setting. That, by itself, is not a big switch. We still focus on SMART Goals.  We focus on setting process goals that are within one's control. The switch is that we're using a really cool tool called "Goalscape."  You can see it pictured below.  With Goalscape, we're able to prioritize [...]

2017-11-22T23:37:39+00:00 By |Career, Life, Performance, Sailing, Teams|

What is it that makes family teams successful?

We put the question to Tim Herzog, a top sailor and coach who has studied group dynamics, and here is what he told us: It is no surprise that some of the best teams consist of spouses, siblings, or even multiple generations. Good relationships serve as the foundation for a successful team because of solid communication over the team's [...]

2017-10-06T01:58:17+00:00 By |Sailing|

Therapist or Mental Skills Coach? How to Decide

Authors: Tim Herzog Reaching Ahead PLLC Kate F. Hays The Performing Edge Abstract: This article addresses the challenging conundrum of when to offer psychotherapy versus mental skills training. To highlight aspects of this dilemma, we describe actual cases that illustrate different ways in which clients present and practitioners may respond: (1) mental skills training shifting to therapy; (2) therapeutic [...]

2017-10-04T16:32:27+00:00 By |Other|

The Dirty Dozen Mental Skills of Sailing

Fifteen years ago, as Hobart Coach Scott Ikle was launching the US Sailing Level 3 Certification program, he invited me to speak to a group of coaches at Annapolis Yacht Club, who were attending the Advanced Coaching Symposium. I gave a talk that was inspired, in part, by a Sailing World article that Betsy Allison had written describing a pyramid of [...]

2017-11-27T18:22:28+00:00 By |Sailing|

Train Smarter

To reach the next level in your chosen sport, there is, of course, the old manner of simply "training harder." Clearly this approach works to an extent. But think of the times when you had your best performances. Were you trying hard? Probably not. The media often refers to these peak performances as functioning in "the zone"; physiologists and [...]

2017-10-04T01:46:39+00:00 By |Performance|

Kayaking – Water on the Brain

You’ve run shuttle and you’re sliding into your boat at the put-in. The water level is about what you expected and you can see the entry to the first rapid, remembering that you need to start left and then cut right after the big hole. You feel confident and quickly get on the water so you can experience some [...]

2017-10-04T01:47:17+00:00 By |Performance|

Mountain Mindset

Downhill mountain bikers have “a higher threshold for adrenaline and fear,” says sports psychologist Julie Emmermann. Other PhDs say mountain bikers should “have their heads checked,” “pray,” and “not fall off.” And some say that fear simply isn’t a factor, only fun. Achieving optimal physiological arousal, the psychologist’s phrase for “getting psyched up,” is a big part of the [...]

2017-10-04T01:48:22+00:00 By |Performance|

Want to work well as a team? How are you with regulations?

Article by Tim Herzog and Wendy Bay Lewis, published in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle I don’t mean your company’s regulations… I mean yours. Huh? “Self-regulation” refers to a state of calm but alert, possessing situational awareness and feeling even-keeled. Dysregulation, on the other hand, is a state of narrow focus, where (whether you want to admit it or not) [...]

2017-10-03T19:03:42+00:00 By |Career, Teams|

Periodized Mental Training Plan

A periodized mental training plan, customized to align with the training needs of the team, is formulated through discussion with coaches and adapted over time. The preparatory phase consists of interactive seminars, where each week builds on the previous session.  A fundamental knowledge (and vocabulary) of mental skills is developed.  Following, an individualized mental skills training plan is developed [...]

2017-09-29T17:11:24+00:00 By |Teams|

What’s Your Narrative? Sam’s Story

Sam had a resume as varied, but far more interesting, than a Eurasian restaurant menu.  She knew Mandarin, had studied Confucian literature, was a tour guide in Italy, and captained multiple transpacific voyages.  She was certain that her dilettante past would be a barrier to beginning a “professional” career. Research indicates that people tend to leave employers after four [...]

2017-10-04T19:13:55+00:00 By |Career|

How PTSD affects brain “circuitry”

If you’re experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s important to understand how the different parts of your brain function. Post-traumatic stress is a normal response to traumatic events. However, PTSD is a more serious condition that impacts brain function, and it often results from traumas experienced during combat, disasters, or violence. Your brain is equipped with an alarm system [...]

2017-09-27T22:53:16+00:00 By |Life|

Developing your coping arsenal

It’s a good idea to have a choice of coping strategies to meet the specific needs of each situation you face—some “problem-focused” and some “emotion-focused.” During severe stress, you might find that your old ways of dealing with problems aren’t doing enough to help. For example, your preferred way of coping in the past might have been venting to [...]

2017-09-25T18:43:16+00:00 By |Life|

It All Matters

This column is inspired by my dear friend and colleague, Wendy Bay Lewis (1949-2013). Through the vehicle of this column, Wendy and I often tried to share wisdom or insights with our community. Our column started out titled, “Work Matters,” and became “Business Matters.” If we kept it going, we might have lobbied for “Life Matters” and “Death Matters.” [...]

2017-09-25T18:21:23+00:00 By |Life|