Like it or not, all sport careers eventually end. Age, injury, family decisions, or other factors will determine how your competitive athletic career will end or be adapted. Like many athletes, especially elites, you may feel that the transition is abrupt. Your life and identity may revolve around sport. Your loss may cause emotional, financial, or personal challenges that [...]
“Who am I?” “Who do I want to be?” These are questions commonly asked by adolescents as they work to form their self-identity. Between pre-teen and young adulthood, life is riddled with decisions regarding paths and roles. Young people may find themselves identifying as a “kid”, “a student”, and a “friend” during this time. Some pursue sports, music, or [...]
Taking ownership over training, development, and performance can help athletes feel more in control, boosting their enjoyment and motivation. For athletes to feel more in control, it requires cooperation with parents, coaches, and trainers, sometimes sharing ideas (once) and sitting back while young athletes make what may feel like good or bad choices... resisting urges to intervene. Obstacles to [...]
Emotional pain from your injury will typically heal once rehab is complete. When emotional changes trickle into life outside of sport, lasting beyond rehab, you may be showing signs of greater mental health concerns. If you’re struggling with mental health issues post-injury, you are not alone. Frances Altick, a professional and NCAA tennis champion struggled with intense depression, anxiety, [...]
You’ve probably heard of mental imagery for performance training. This well-researched technique enhances performance by “practicing” technical skills (in the mind’s eye) and simulating environments to boost familiarity in specific contexts (e.g., a soccer field in France, a sailing venue in Tokyo, or a basketball court in the next town over). Imagery also improves motivation, reduces competitive anxiety, and [...]
Athletic injuries can take a toll, not just on the body, but also on the psyche. For some athletes, their identity revolves around their sport; being injured can lead to feeling lost and big questions such as “Who am I?” Why are your emotional reactions to injury important? The body is attached to the brain and the heart. In [...]
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The Reaching Ahead “Dirty Dozen” Mental Training Program is a year-long monthly Webinar series focused on the following skills (as outlined on the US Sailing Blog). It is a flexible, affordable way to gain a sailing-specific mental performance foundation.
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 [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably engaged in “triangulation,” and not just as a kid when you ran to Mom because Dad just said “no” (or vice versa). Similar triangles can also happen with leadership or any work group, committee, or organization (including military) where two people talk about a third. On the surface, triangulation can look [...]
What do you value? It's an important question to ask yourself often. When you figure out what matters most to you, it can help guide what you do, even when you're at your lowest. Values help you make big things happen and little things along the way too. In identifying what you value, consider aspects of your life now [...]
Goal setting can be a useful tool in many arenas. Experts say that 90% of the time, setting specific and challenging goals leads to better performance than “do your best” goals or none at all. Goals can direct attention, mobilize effort, increase persistence, and help you form good strategies. Famous sports figures such as Olympian Michael Phelps have achieved [...]
Frostbiting in Lasers, the guy in front of me hit the weather mark. Thinking perhaps he hadn't seen it, I let him know, "You hit the mark!" He did his penalty, but for the next leg and a half of the race course, he screamed at me, telling me to sail my own race. I felt the impulse to [...]