Focus vs. Obsession: Why You Should Know the Difference

Focus vs. Obsession: Why You Should Know the Difference

In the simplest terms, mental focus is the ability to concentrate on a single task, idea, or solution in a way that will enhance your effectiveness and productivity at work, at home, and in life.
True focus requires the discipline to avoid or ignore distractions and place your priorities in a way that will produce lasting [...]

The Power of Mental Focus For Success

The Power of Mental Focus For Success

I think it’s safe to say that we all know that to accomplish any level of success we must have focus. I would say that focus is one of the most critical components of mental strength.   To be successful in any area of your life, you must be able to develop a laser like focus [...]

Developing a Peak Athletic Performance Game

Developing a Peak Athletic Performance Game

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports…putting it all together
OK…you’ve read and I hope even practiced all the preceding mental strength in sports tips…congratulations!
But now what?
Let’s say you have a big game or match coming up…it’s important to you for a variety of reasons and you want to achieve your peak performance, how do you [...]

Learning to Believe in Yourself As An Athlete

Learning to Believe in Yourself As An Athlete

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports…
Step 14 – Learning to Believe in Yourself As An Athlete  
Belief is the stuff of Hollywood movies…it’s the stuff of legends. Belief in yourself has nothing to do with your talent and more to do with your perseverance and never giving up!
You can see this belief in moves [...]

Imaging Your Peak Athletic Performance

Imaging Your Peak Athletic Performance

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports…
Step 13 – Imaging Your Peak Athletic Performance   
Champions see what they want to happen, while “the also ran’s” see what they hope will not happen.
Either case, both individuals are doing mental rehearsal.  The big difference is, one helps in achieving peak athletic performance, while the other is based [...]

No More Excuses, Now Get Something Done

No More Excuses, Now Get Something Done

Here’s a simple yet very powerful productivity method that I picked up from Steve Pavlina, it’s called the 15-minute method.
If you’ve been around any NLPer’s you’ve probably heard the phrase “chunk it down.”  This is in reference to breaking large projects into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Sometimes it’s easy to break projects into bite-sized pieces, but [...]

Keeping Calm The Night Before a Big Match

Keeping Calm The Night Before a Big Match

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports
Step 12 – Keeping Calm The Night Before a Big Match  
One of the most common mistake athletes makes happens long before the event.
It happens the night before a big event when they are lying in bed trying to fall asleep, bit their mind is racing 100 mph thinking [...]

Developing Composure in Clutch Situations

Developing Composure in Clutch Situations

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports – Step 11: Composure in the Clutch  
Step 11 – Developing Composure in Clutch Situations
How do you handle pressure, especially during a clutch situation like a championship game?
It doesn’t matter how good you are, how much you’ve practiced or how much you’ve been coached, if you can [...]

Developing Winning Concentration For Peak Performance

Developing Winning Concentration For Peak Performance

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports – Step 10: Developing Winning Concentration
Step 10 – Developing Winning Concentration For Peak Performance
Last week I talked about the trouble slumps and obstacles can present in reaching peak athletic performance.  Today I’ll go over some specific mental strength tips to help you develop winning concentration to overcome these.
Whether [...]

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports – Step 8

15 Steps to Mental Strength in Sports – Step 8

Step 8 – Managing Mistakes and Their Negative Emotions
In my opinion the most performance damaging behavior an athlete can have is to hang on to their mistake during a competition.  Hanging on to your mistake will certainly take you out of the game.
Holding on to a mistake means you’re not mentally present and paying [...]