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Mindful Breathing: Learning to be in The Moment

Posted by Tyler Bradstreet The goal of Mindful Breathing is to: (a) calm you down somewhat, make you aware of thoughts that may be unpleasant or self-defeating, which you can explore and “cognitively restructure” later, (b) take some of your attention away from these intrusive thoughts that are unpleasant or self-defeating, and (c) focus most… Continue reading Mindful Breathing: Learning to be in The Moment

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Not Every Practice Makes Perfect: The Need for Deliberate Practice

Posted by Tyler Bradstreet Practice makes perfect – this means that the more you practice, the better you will become. If you want to become great, then you should practice as much as possible. “See how fast you are getting better at hitting the baseball? Practice makes perfect.” To practice is to do something regularly.… Continue reading Not Every Practice Makes Perfect: The Need for Deliberate Practice

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Performance Routines: Spark The Desired Mental-Emotional State of Mind

Posted by Tyler Bradstreet Today I will be focusing on Step 3 of the 7-Step model of developing mental toughness I introduced three weeks ago. To refresh, the 7-step model is: 1.) Find the right attitude and state of mind. 2.) Program your mind for success ahead of time. 3.) Find an appropriate routine. 4.)… Continue reading Performance Routines: Spark The Desired Mental-Emotional State of Mind

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Program Your Mind for Success.

Posted by Tyler Bradstreet Today I will be focusing on Step 2 of the 7-step model of developing mental toughness I introduced two weeks ago. To refresh, the 7-step model is: 1.)    Find the right attitude and state of mind. 2.)   Program your mind for success ahead of time. 3.)    Find an appropriate routine. 4.)   … Continue reading Program Your Mind for Success.

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GOOOAAAAALLLL(s): Why S.M.A.R.T. Goals are so Darn Effective.

Posted by Adam Skoranski “Motivation depends…on goal setting. The coach must have goals. The team must have goals. Each individual player must have goals-real, vivid goals…goals keep everyone on target. Goals commit me to the work, time, pain, and whatever else is part of the price of achieving success.” —Top collegiate tennis player. Well-said my… Continue reading GOOOAAAAALLLL(s): Why S.M.A.R.T. Goals are so Darn Effective.

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Self-Talk: Friend or Foe?

Posted by Adam Skoranski Any performer's worst enemy is negative self-talk. As human beings, we have the amazing ability to make decisions based on a string of rational, conscious, defined thoughts and ideas. From day one, we have been able to think about our thinking, which, in essence, sets us apart from the other silly members of… Continue reading Self-Talk: Friend or Foe?

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Dr. Jack Lesyk’s “Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes.”

Successful athletes: 1. Choose and maintain a positive attitude. 2. Maintain a high level of self-motivation. 3. Set and pursue high, realistic goals. 4. Deal effectively with people. 5. Use positive self-talk. 6. Use positive mental imagery. 7. Manage anxiety effectively. 8. Manage their emotions effectively. 9. Maintain concentration. "Although each of the nine mental skills… Continue reading Dr. Jack Lesyk’s “Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes.”