Mental Game Tips To Get Past Performance Slumps

Slump Recovery

Understand The Ups and Downs Of Your Performance

How do you overcome slumps?

When you’ve had a few bad games or performances, do you expect that trend to continue?

Here’s what I see a lot… It starts with a bad game…

Your confidence takes a little hit… You begin to doubt your ability due to a poor performance…

You start playing “not to lose” instead of “playing to win” and you over-think every aspect of your game…

You go in search for ways to break the bad performance cycle but it continues anyway.

All athletes go through performance dips throughout their careers — you can’t be “on” 100% of the time.

First, many athletes talk themselves into slumps by labeling their performance dip a “slump” which intensifies its effects.

The first step in getting out of a slump is stop telling yourself that you are in a slump.

By understanding the ups and downs that are inherent to performance, you can let go of those perfectionist standards and expectations.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are having a rough start to their 2014 NHL season despite reaching the playoffs last year.

Through the first 23 games of the 2014-15 campaign, the Blue Jackets have the worst record in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets are in the midst of a six-game winless stretch, during which they have been shut out twice.

Columbus head coach Nick Foligno feels his team has altered their style of play during their performance dip.

Foligno believes his team is over-thinking their play on the ice and looking for the perfect opportunity to score, rather than just taking shots.

FOLIGNO: “When things are going well, the puck is going at the net. Everyone’s crashing, pucks are bouncing off you and there are pucks that are open and you somehow just bang it in. Right now, we’re trying an extra play because we’re not confident enough to get the puck on net.”

Due to how his team is viewing their win-less stretch, Foligno feels his team has the wrong mindset, which intensifies when they make a mistake or are trailing in a game.

FOLIGNO: “It just seems like we don’t have enough confidence. It sounds stupid, but it’s kind of the thing I notice the most. When we get scored on, it’s like we just deflate. It’s a mental toughness that we need to have and we don’t have it right now.”

Try these tips to recover from a drop-off in performance:

  • Tip #1: Every game is a new opportunity for success. A “slump” is a focus on games that have already passed. When you focus on the past, your expectation is that things will remain the same, what’s called an over-generalization.
  • Tip#2: Play to your strengths and avoid trying too hard or looking for the perfect play. Trying to do too much or be perfect interferes with the natural flow of your game and does not allow you to trust in what you practice.

Successful athletes have learned to overcome fear, perfectionism, and to perform with trust!

We’ve created The Fearless Athlete Workbook and CD program to help you do this.

Boost Your Self-Confidence With Mental Game Coaching!

Master mental game coach, Dr. Patrick Cohn, can help you or your athlete(s), ages 12 and up, overcome mental game issues with personal coaching.

You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!

What are our students saying?

“WOW!!! What a week I had. I was able to perform with a confidence that allowed my style to shine through–no more entering the arena with that “deer in the headlights” look or feeling. I stopped evaluating myself while I was performing, and I actually left the arena after my patterns feeling like I had experienced a lot of fun. Thank you so much.”
~Julia Dreyer, National Champion Equestrian

For All Athletes – Learn Confidence-Boosting Techniques!

D you have a negative self-image of yourself as an athlete that stifles confidence?

No matter ow positive you try to be, are you unable to shake the doubt that rushes into your head when you size up your competition?

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If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, check out The Confident Athlete!

The Confident Athlete CD and workbook program is a 14-day plan for ultimate self-confidence. This program is ideal for any athlete or coach that wants to discover proven confidence-boosting techniques guaranteed to drastically build self-confidence and improve sports performance.

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What are customers saying?

“I first purchased The Confident Athlete to see how the program went and immediately saw results. I then purchased the rest of the confident athlete series and have noticed a dramatic improvement in my level of play or should I say consistency. I currently play NCAA Division 1 baseball for Lamar University, and even my coaches have noticed a change in the way that I approach the game. My attitude and confidence at the plate.”
~Tylor Prudhomme (Listen to his success story)

“I am a ASP world qualifying professional surfer and after beginning the ‘The Confident Athlete’ I had an almost instant change in attitude about my own surfing ability and my mindset going into competition. By using the Confident Athlete strategies, my confidence has done a complete 180 degrees. I won a local pro/am a few weeks back, and just had my best result of the year in one the last big events on the world circuit this last week in Brazil! It is my secret weapon!”
~Shaun Burrell, Professional Surfer (Listen to his success story)

For Young Athletes and Parents – Learn More About How to Help Kids Improve Confidence Quickly!

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.

Learn more about one of our most popular CD programs in The Confident Sports Kid Series

The Confident Sports Kid: A 7-Day Plan for Building Ultimate Self-Confidence

Check out all of our products in The Confident Sports Kid Series!

What are parents and coaches saying about our program?

“I appreciate the advice to parents as to how to help your child become more mentally resilient to bullying in sports. The specific advice and scenarios are extremely helpful for any child on a team and very helpful in guiding parents, coaches and administrators in how to deal with bullying in sports. I cannot thank you enough for your input, and I am so reassured to know that there are people like you who are writing articles and doing interviews on such timely and important matters.”
~Julie Goot

“Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn are to be congratulated! Together, they offer a wealth of knowledge, information, and practical mental tools for sports parents on the substantial “mental game” challenges and pressures facing today’s young athletes.”
~Marc D. Anderson, LCSW, MGCP, Mental Game Coach

Athlete's Mental EdgeFor Mental Coaches – Add More Value To Your Mental Training Programs!

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.

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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

“I am impressed with the willingness and openness of Dr. Cohn to share all of his assets (intellectual, products, etc.) with the MGCP students. You have developed an incredible model/package for mental training. Even though we are paying for your service, you are passing on a legacy built on your contribution to the world of sports. Thank you for that.”
~Tony Melito, MGCP

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