Expect The Unexpected
If preparation and planning are the keys to success, what should an athlete do if something interrupts their plan?
It happens all the time…
You have trained as hard as you could for months and months preparing for some big competition…
You have honed your strategy…
You feel ready and confident…
Then something unexpected occurs…
Maybe you arrive late because of traffic…
Or you forgot a piece of equipment…
Or you couldn’t find a place that serves your favorite pre-competition meal…
It may feel like all the hard work is going down the tubes in a flash at the most critical moment of your season.
US swimmer Annie Lazor competed in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.
Ultimately, Lazor who won the bronze medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the Pan Am Games, has her sights set on the 2016 Olympics.
Lazor knows the value of preparation.
LAZOR: “This meet is a great stepping stone towards the 2016 Olympic Games. Pan Ams is just one step below the Olympics, and having a village, other athletes and people who have been to the highest stage around me is great preparation.”
But Lazor also knows that mental toughness training best prepares an athlete for the unexpected.
LAZOR: “Brett Hawke [Lazor’s coach at Auburn University] has been a great influence to me both in the physical side of swimming as well as the mental side. There’s always going to be a snag somewhere in a pre-race routine, maybe the beds in the hotel aren’t comfortable, or the food isn’t what you expected; Brett has taught us to trust our training and not let anything affect our races.”
Mental toughness is that “nothing will deter me from performing my best” mentality. Mental toughness keeps you focused on going forward with your plan.
Instead of looking for excuses, mental toughness focuses on what you need to do at this moment.
If you are waiting for the perfect situation, you will never perform optimally.
There will always be speed bumps and potholes on the road to success. The key is to not turn obstacles into stop signs.
Mental toughness helps you maneuver and navigate around those little bumps, remain focused on your objective, and trust your ability to perform optimally despite the circumstances.
Strategy for Overcoming the Unexpected
You should not only physically prepare for that important competition but include mental preparation.
Think about the potential speed bumps that could occur on competition day. Ask yourself, “Are any of these obstacles insurmountable?” Determine how you will respond if you encounter a speed bump.
You won’t be able to predict every potential obstacle but this strategy creates the mindset that you can handle most of those little nuisances that you may experience.
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~Julia Dreyer, National Champion Equestrian
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~Shaun Burrell, Professional Surfer (Listen to his success story)
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We’ve got a great program for you called “The Confident Sports Kid: A 7-Day Plan for Building Ultimate Self-Confidence.”
The Confident Sports Kid is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to boost young athlete’s performance, happiness and success… in sports and life!
The Confident Sports Kid is two programs in one. There’s a manual and CD for parents/coaches, and a workbook/CD for young athletes.
Packed with mental strategies that you and your kids can start using immediately, this program teaches your athletes how to identify confidence busters, proactively deal with them, manage expectations that undermine confidence, and mentally prepare to stay confident when faced with adversity.
What’s more, our program teaches you, as sports parents and coaches, how you may be hurting your kids’ confidence and gives you instructions for changing your behavior in ways that will improve your athletes’ performance, confidence and enjoyment.
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~Marc D. Anderson, LCSW, MGCP, Mental Game Coach
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This workbook series was designed for coaches and mental coaches to use with their athletes.
The Athlete’s Mental Edge workbooks complement your existing mental training program. Each of the 15 workbooks in the Athlete’s Mental Edge System teaches your athletes a specific mental skill to improve their performance.
For mental coaches, this system is ideal for between session education.
For sports coaches, you’ll be able to conduct 15 team seminars using the workbook system.
In the Athlete’s Mental Edge workbook system, you receive 15 easy-to-read, practical Mental Edge Workbooks on PDF, as well as 16 coaches’ game plan MP3 audio files.
What are coaches saying?
“I am really pleased with the Athlete’s Mental Edge workbooks – they are fitting in really well with my coaching! I find they offer a great framework for doing workshop sessions. I have also used the workbooks with a few individual athletes – for the younger ones (12 and under). They are giving a good structure and framework to our sessions. The workbooks have worked well with all of them!”
~Kerri Morgan, Mental Game Coach
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~Tony Melito, MGCP