Focusing on The Process to Reach Your Goals
Do you get frustrated if you feel all your training isn’t paying off?
Do you get discouraged when you can’t make a correction immediately?
Do you become irritated when you can’t seem to break a habit?
You constantly train to become better at your sport.
If you aren’t seeing progress quickly enough, do you question why you’re even playing or whether or not you’re “good enough” to continue.
Some athletes want that instant gratification. They want to feel and believe their efforts are worth it.
In Lebron James’s post-game press conference on Sunday after the Cavs beat the Celtics, he wore a hat that read:
“THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL.”
This message James is sending couldn’t be truer…
There is no magic pill, or no one occurrence that can help you reach and play consistently at your most elite level.
Athletes make a change in their technique one day and expect to have it perfected when they wake up the very next morning. Or, an athlete may skip summer training workouts and expect their skill to match their teammates’, who attended every optional summer workout.
Nothing is ever awarded, only earned.
Some of you may be familiar with Leonardo da Vinci. If not, he painted the ever-famous, Mona Lisa.
A woman approached da Vinci one evening at a restaurant and asked if he would draw her.
She was more than excited, and felt she absolutely had to have a drawing by him. She handed him paper and a pencil, and he looked at her.
After a minute or two, da Vinci was done.
She was eager to thank him. He told her, “You’re welcome, but I’m going to have to charge you $10,000 for it.”
The woman was completely taken aback and said, “How could you charge me $10,000!? This literally took you a minute to do.”
Da Vinci replied and stated, “No, ma’am, this took me 10 years to do.”
As da Vinci and Lebron expressed:
There is NO magic pill.
It takes years to achieve, accomplish, and succeed.
Focus on the process instead of the outcome to help you reach your long-term goals.
Many athletes become sidetracked and discouraged because they aren’t as good “today” as they think they should be.
Performing at your peak level takes time; like da Vinci said, it took him 10 years. As for Lebron James, he’s been playing basketball for over 20 years now.
Focus on a small goal or two each day you practice or play.
Working toward and accomplishing these small goals will lead to bigger ones.
“THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL.”
For more information on focusing on the process, check out our cd and workbook program “The Focused Athlete:”
Improve Concentration in Sports!
If you’re an athlete who is frequently distracted, loses focus in competition, or wants to learn more about how to focus better under pressure, The Focused Athlete is for you!
Concentration and the ability to focus under adversity is what championship athletes do best.
It only takes one distraction to enter your mind for you to lose a critical point, miss a putt, or lose a second off your lap time. You cannot afford to let distractions run wild in your mind and cause you to make errors at critical times in the game!
The Focused Athlete is a complete system to teach you how to focus like a champion and harness the power of a zone focus every tie you step on the playing field, court, track or course in practice and games!
This workbook and CD program consists of 2 audio CDs that include 14 days of focus boosting exercises and a simple to follow workbook that guides you through each of the 14 days, helps you apply strategies, and customizes the exercises to your personal focus challenges.
- How to quickly identify distractions that sabotage your concentration and how to quickly refocus after distractions.
- How to use pre-shot routines before shots or serves to help you be more task-focused instead of worrying about results.
- How to use pregame routines to help you harness the power of zone concentration before competition.
Learn more about one of our most popular CD programs in The Confident Athlete Series…
What are customers saying about our mental game programs?
“As a result of reading and implementing ‘The Confident Athlete Series,’ I am once again enjoying golf and letting bad shots roll off my shoulders and appreciating my good shots without attaching expectations. Thanks Dr. Cohn!”
~Stu Blasius, P.G.A. Golf Professional
“I enjoyed ‘The Confident Athlete Series’ very much. I particularly liked the format, the ease of the program, and the 2 CDs that accompanied the workbook – 10-20 minutes a day was simple to adhere to and put in my busy schedule. I love the part about confidence with grace, and what I want to portray and feel the minute I step foot into Los Angeles for nationals. I love the affirmations, the relaxation techniques, and just the entire perspective of the program.”
~Sarah, US National Aerobic Gymnastics Team