Most people have heard of the saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” but have you ever really thought about what this really means?  Like many things in life, the simplicity of the statement almost makes it appear to lack in any real, true value — but the reality is that this is one of the most powerful truths when it comes to achieving our peak potential in life.  As we work to be better than the competition, it’s important to remember that planning is actually an activity 100% under our control, and something we can get so good at that it not only helps us be our best, but provides advantages over other, seemingly more talented people who …
Human peak performance is achieved in sports by utilizing mental strategies to increase confidence, improve focus, and minimize anxiety.  When mental energy is positive and facilitative, only then can the mind and body work in synchrony, allowing athletes to play in the zone.   The good news is learning how to harness mental energy might not be as tough as you think, so long as you are interested and committed to developing your mental strength. What happens with no mental preparation As athletes grow and begin to player better competition, stress levels often increase thinking about whether one has the abilities to play at a high level.  When athletes feel over-matched, anxiety spikes while confidence wavers — a bad combination …
While it is true that often the differences in wins and losses in sports come down to sheer physical strength and related abilities, you might be pleased to learn that the “mental moments” of sports can be won by less physically able athletes, allowing for wins and successes due exclusively to mental strength.  Furthermore, there are countless mental moments in every game, and every athlete, regardless of size, strength, speed, or quickness can win those moments.  So if winning the mental moments of a game provides athletes with a distinct advantage, the question then turns to how do athletes actually win the mental moments? Mental toughness The term “mental toughness” is a generic term often ascribed to a variety of …
The sport experience is full of ups and downs, but it is in the times of difficulty where athletes must battle back mentally in order to play their best.  When athletes compete below their previously established achievement levels over a period of time the poor play can sometimes be referred to as a sports slump.  The challenges athletes face is two-fold — first, playing consistently well enough to avoid slumps, and second developing the resiliency and skills needed to quickly break slumps as they occur. When it is — and isn’t — a sports slump Before discussing ways to break sports slumps, it’s important to understand how to appropriately frame what is and isn’t a sports slump.  The easiest way …