How to Approach an Important Competition Do you wish you could play BIG in BIG moments? All athletes want to come up BIG in BIG moments such as: The gymnast who hopes to nail her routine in a championship meet.The golfer who dreams of sinking a birdie putt to win a golf tournament.The basketball player who wants to sink the final shot to … [Read more...] about BIG Competitions Mindset for Athletes
Intimidation in Sports
How to Mentally Prepare For Playing Rivals Being from Durham, or North Carolina in general, you take part in the famous Duke-UNC rivalry. Coach K was my neighbor while growing up in Durham, so obviously I was a Blue Devil. In February 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend the Duke-UNC game at the Dean Dome. It wasn’t looking good for Duke … [Read more...] about How Volleyball Teams Can Succeed Against Rivals
Overcoming High Expectations in Sports "Shoot for the moon... Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Many athletes adopt this philosophy. Unfortunately, athletes with this type of mentality heap excessive demands upon themselves believing this method will still result personal best or optimal performances. The reality is that … [Read more...] about How High Expectations Sabotage Athletes’ Mental Game
Supercharge Your Mental Game Emotions can supercharge or ruin an athlete's performance on the field. Have you ever had a game where an opposing player or fans got into your head? How well did you respond? Did you become so angry that you couldn’t focus on your game? Did your performance spiral downward or you made more mistakes because … [Read more...] about How to Be Mentally Ready for Trash-Talkers
Solution to Feeling Intimidated During Competition Today, I'd like to cover another big confidence destroyer and the solution: Athletes who make comparisons and thus feel intimidated. If you compare yourself to your opponents, you are prone to feel intimidated. Most of the time, you'll compare yourself to athletes who you think are better than … [Read more...] about Do You or Your Athletes Feel Intimidated About the Competition?