Results Aren’t the Only Criterion of a Successful Season

The end of a competitive season is a time to look back and evaluate what kind of season you had: one to be proud of or one to reflect on with disappointment.

Finish Your Sports Season Mentally Strong

For athletes in many winter sports, the competitive season is almost over. Regardless of whether your season has been great, mediocre, or terrible, you want to finish strong.
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How Athletes Can Perform Their Best When it Really Counts

It’s that time of the competitive season in many sports when results REALLY start to matter and it’s REALLY important that athletes perform their best.
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What Young Athletes Really Need

This article is aimed at early in the sports pipeline where the foundation of young athletes’ attitudes are laid, which often determines how long they stay involved in sports
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Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

Imagine that, just before you enter a competition, someone forces you to put on a 50 lb. weight vest. How will you feel? Heavy and sluggish. And how will you perform? Poorly.
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Don’t Let Outside Forces Influence Your Sports Confidence

Confidence is the most important mental “muscle” in sports. It is is a rather sensitive mental muscle that is easily weakened or injured, and difficult to heal and strengthen.
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How Media Use Hurts Athletes

I now have a new pet peeve, namely, athletes having their phones with them and checking their social media during practice and at competitions.
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4 Keys to Consistently Great Athletic Performances

Consistency is one thing that separates the very best in every sport from the rest. The best athletes in the world are able to perform consistently well day in and day out.
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Ten Laws of Prime Training for Athletes

How you use your training time may very well determine how well you perform and whether you achieve your sports goals for the season.
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Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

Despite all that so many parents do for their children’s athletic pursuits, they often fail to provide them with the foundation of all of their efforts: perspective.
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Five Ways to Get Coaches and Parents on the Same Side

Across the many sports in which I work, when I ask coaches what their biggest challenge and source of stress is, the overwhelming response is parents.
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Set Healthy Expectations for Your Young Athlete

Expectations communicate messages to your children about what’s important to you about their sports participation and establish a standard toward which they can strive.
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Create a Vocabulary for Individual and Team Success in Sport

Children become the messages they get the most. The words you use with athletes are powerful influences on the way they think, feel, behave, and performance.
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Build a Team Culture for Athletic Success

How team members, think, feel, behave, and perform are all influenced by the environment in which they practice and compete.
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Four Reasons Why Sport Coaches Don’t Do Mental Training

Great sport coaches are also great intuitive psychologists who develop a deep understanding of the importance of the mind and help their athletes be mentally prepared.
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Watching Video Is Great Mental Training

Watching videos of yourself and the best athletes in the world in your sport is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as confidence, intensity, and focus.
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For Athletic Success, You Pay Now or Pay Later

You’re going to pay for what you do or do not do in your conditioning in one way or another. You can pay now with temporary fatigue and pain or you can pay later in lasting regret.
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Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle Like a Champion

Confidence is the most important mental muscle because you may have all of the ability to perform your best, if you don’t believe in that ability, you won’t use that ability.
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How Athletes Can Take Risks That Pay Off

It never feels like the right time to take risks in sports because there are risks to taking risks, primarily that of failure. Yet, only by taking risks can athletes find success.
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Take Risks for Athletic Success

Risk taking means pushing your limits, getting out of your comfort zone, and confronting failure, so that, when the risk pays off, you will experience sports success.
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3 Keys to Making Mental Training Work in Sports

Athletes and coaches tell me that the mind is as or more important than the physical and technical side of sports. Yet, in reality, it is woefully under-appreciated and neglected.
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5 Mental Tools for Athletic Success

These five mental tools enable you to focus them entirely on what you need to do to perform your best when it counts most, namely, in your biggest competitions of the season.
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5 Mental “Muscles” for Athletic Success

You should think about your mind as made up of ‘mental muscles’, the same way you think about your body and its physical muscles. y
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Practice Is the Foundation of Athletic Success

To be the best athlete you can be, you must be serious about your practice in every area that impacts your athletic performances—physical, technical, and mental.
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Five Mental Obstacles That Prevent Sport Success

Mental obstacles refer to any psychological or emotional issue that interferes with your ability to perform your best consistently in the biggest competitions of your life.
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7 Things Parents Can Do at the End of a Sports Season

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes.
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5 Attitudes You Need for Athletic Success

The dictionary definition of attitude is “The way you think and feel about something.” You hold attitudes about your sport that have a direct impact on how you perform.
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4 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Play Sports

As any parent of young athletes knows, having your children participate in sports can be a real hassle.
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5 Keys to Playing Your Best on Game Day

What do you need to do to play your best on game day? Here are 5 areas that I've learned from world-class and professional athletes.
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A Sports Dad’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Great Day

We don’t live life in retrospect. If we could look into the future and know how our decisions will turn out, life would be easy…and quite uninteresting.