What Makes Top Athletes Successful? Mike Robbins should know. He went to school with three top athletes and dated one of them... I interviewed retired pro athlete Mike Robbins for my members. Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school, but instead played for Stanford and the College World Series. After college, Mike spent three years in the Kansas City Royals organization before … [Read more...] about What Makes World-Class Athletes Successful?
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Athletes And Social Approval One big challenge for many athletes today is the fact that they worry so much about what others think when they perform that it becomes a huge distraction. I must first say that it is important to care about other people. However it becomes unhealthy when athletes worry too much about what others think of them to the point that it distracts them from focusing on … [Read more...] about Sports Psychology: Do You Crave Approval?
Why You Should Avoid Negative Self-Talk I recently worked with a high school athlete who was plagued by those nasty inner gremlins. You know the type “ that little guy or gal inside your head what would not shut up and kept asking irrelevant questions. This kept my student from developing confidence and playing to his full potential. I'll call him Joe. Joe was a very hard-working golfer. He … [Read more...] about Mental Toughness And Self-Confidence in Sports
What is Wrong With The Fear of Failure? One of my mental coaching students, Joe (not his real name) had a unique gift (or so he thought). Since he was overly concerned with what other people thought (coach, teammates, parents, spectators, etc.) about his performance, he often engaged in a process I call mind reading when performing. While Joe was mind reading, he made assumptions about what … [Read more...] about Sports Psychology and Athlete’s Fear of Failure
Embrace The Pregame Jitters Do you ever get butterflies in your stomach before you compete called pregame jitters? Do you get really nervous before the start of a big match or game and can't relax after the game starts? Most athletes have felt the negative effects of pressure during their athletic career. Even the best athletes feel pressure before a big game, but they know how to channel the … [Read more...] about Pre-Game Jitters: Perform Under Pressure
How to Apply Mental Toughness to Your Game Sports psychology experts often talk about the importance of learning mental toughness to improve your performance. However, my 15 years of teaching the mental game to students makes me think that understanding mental toughness skills is not the whole enchilada. To be successful with mental toughness training, athletes must learn how to apply it. Why … [Read more...] about Applying Mental Toughness Daily is Not Easy
The Importance of Self-Confidence Sports self-confidence is the number one mental skill that your young athlete must possess to be successful in sports and life! Self-doubt is the number one mental barrier that blocks athletes from success in sports and life. Having high levels of confidence is so important that I spend most of my time teaching students how to develop and harnesses the power … [Read more...] about Competitive Self-Confidence Really Matters
Learn How to Stay in The Moment Mistakes or errors occur everyday in sports and life, but many athletes sabotage their own performance because they simply can't let go of past mistakes. Missing shots, double faulting, and losing an important game happen often in the sports world and become a thorn in many athlete's mind - in some cases for the remainder of the competition because they can't … [Read more...] about Performing in the Present Moment
Are You on The Self-Confidence Roller Coaster in Sports? Many athletes allow their confidence to be thrashed around by immediate results and circumstances.What do I mean by the confidence roller coaster? I am talking about the athlete who loses confidence easily or has fragile confidence based on his immediate results. With each shot, play, or point, his confidence goes up and down depending on … [Read more...] about Get Self-Confidence – Keep Sports Confidence
Hello all you blog readers! My name is Dr. Patrick Cohn. I'm an expert in sports psychology and peak performance. I do not call myself a sports psychologist because I am not a psychologist. For this reason, I prefer the title "master mental game coach" because I teach other coaches and professional my mental training system. One of the reasons I do not call myself a sports psychologist (even … [Read more...] about Why “Sports Psychologist” Scares Athletes