Mental Preparation to Improve Focus in Big Games Have you ever had one of those make it or break it moments in your athletic career? The big moment, where the season all comes down to one play or one event, is one of the greatest pressure moments you will ever experience. Think of what an athlete experiences in that one big moment... You spent preseason working on your endurance, speed … [Read more...] about Performing Well During Pressure Moments
Archives for January 2018
Performing At Your Peak After a Bad Warm-Up A bad practice, right before a major competition... How in the world can you get back on track? How can you focus when this week was a disaster? This is an issue for many figure skaters... Several falls in practice or warm-up just before a major competition can mess with a skater’s head and interfere with their ability to focus in the … [Read more...] about Does a Bad Skating Practice Get Into Your Head?
Maintaining Focus When Your Best Player is Out Playing without your best player... That’s the moment when many athletes feel their team is at a disadvantage. Playing without your best player in the playoffs... Well, that is the time when most players see their hopes go down the drain. When you have a top-tier player on your team, especially if that player is one of the best in the league, … [Read more...] about When Your Team Loses Its Best Player
Mental Strategies to Fight Through a Bad Game When you don't have your "A" game, you have to find another way to get the job done. Many athletes believe they need to being firing on all cylinders and have all the stars align in order to secure a victory. That is not always the case... Sometimes, scraping it out performing ugly can result in a win and, no matter the circumstances, a win is a … [Read more...] about Learning How to Win Ugly in Sports
Defining Your Roles in and Out of Sports Athletes have many roles beyond sports... Every athlete has multiple roles in their lives, such as student, friend, parent, spouse, club member, employee, etc. Each additional role increases the responsibilities placed upon you. And more demands can translate to more pressure. If you are to be successful in your sport, you need to learn to balance … [Read more...] about Managing the Many Roles Athletes Have
Staying Focused in Pressure Moments Have you ever stood over the ball knowing you needed to hit a great shot? You could feel the pressure build inside... Your mind is being pulled in several directions... "If I make this shot, I will shoot my best score. What if I miss? Okay, calm down and focus. I have to make this. Last time I was in this situation I choked. Deep breath. I need to focus … [Read more...] about Hitting That One Important Shot Under Pressure