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The best teams are successful because they have a culture that dictates their behavior, not because they have the best player. Follow these five steps to intentionally create a championship culture with your team, clients, or organization.
Leaders are trained. Leadership is a skill that can be trained intentionally, but do you know where to focus your efforts? Learn what the 6 Cs of Leadership are and how you can train them.
Your daily energy is a finite resource. So, you need to know how to use the daily energy you have to do the things that matter. The more automated and organized your day is, the more self-discipline, energy and focus there is to direct towards the most important tasks.
Consistently performing at a high level requires the ability to modify behavior and develop the structure needed to execute the game plan. High performing coaches know the power of routine. They know how to build and break habits in their athletes. And they teach the structure needed to guide their athletes day when they’re not around.
The mental images you are exposed to, whether they be positive or negative, have a direct impact on your physical and mental performance.
When you know how to coach mental imagery and meditation, you’ll see that your athletes know how to: stay calm under pressure, focus on the present moment task rather than getting caught up in the future or the past
It’s not always easy to find the energy needed to do the day to day tasks that are necessary to reach your lofty goals.
Your daily energy is finite. Which is why you can’t waste your energy on things you can’t control.
But if you know how to develop the process over outcome skillset in the athletes or clients you coach, they will know how to direct their energy to what they can control and this decision to let go of what you can’t control will save you tons of energy you can use elsewhere.
Elite performance requires hard work. There’s no way around that.
The pressures of competing are demanding mentally, physically, and emotionally.
When you train the skills of self control and discipline you’ll notice that you’re better able to focus and face the inevitable obstacles that will come your way – like a bad game or the nerves that come before a big game, negative comments, negative expectations of others, or when you just get off the rails of a training or nutrition program.
Distractions, negative self-talk, and letting mistakes get to you are a sure way to derail your performance. Athletes who succeed don’t do so because they evade trials. They are successful because they know how to overcome the obstacles that arise. It takes a skillset to be able to overcome obstacles. As a coach, you can train those skills. You train the physical part of your sport with drills.
“I don’t want to.”
How many times have you said this?
A lot of people don’t want to get up, or work out, or make the call, or write the proposal, or ask for the thing.
But the people who act differently than how they feel are the ones who achieve great things.
Are you watching the Olympics? You don’t have to watch too many events before you hear a commentator talk about an athlete’s “strong mental game.” Olympians train their bodies. That’s obvious.What’s less obvious but equally true is that they also train their minds. So, how does one develop such an elite mindset?
Go inside the mind of Bas Rutten, MMA Legend, UFC World Champion and UFC Hall of Fame fighter. The retired dutch MMA fighter, taekwondo black belt, muay thai kickboxer and professional wrestler was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion and finished his career on a unthinkable 22 fight unbeaten streak (21 wins, 1 draw). Fight Metrix, the official statistics provider for the UFC ran the numbers on Rutten’s career and statistically proved that he belongs not only in the UFC hall of fame, but near or on top of the list of greatest fighter of all time.
There is a long list of outcomes that athletes fear. Fear of losing. Fear of getting cut. But we know that fearing outcomes will not help your athletes perform well today. As a coach, it’s your job to teach your athletes how to manage their fear. It starts with them knowing that fear grows out of feelings of what might happen in the future. Rule #1 about Fear: Fear feeds on feelings. If left unchecked, fear can kidnap the athlete’s mind and body. But you can coach the fear out of your athletes and teach them how to regulate their emotions.