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How to Unlock Your Potential

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. You’re going to be able to calmly evaluate the different challenging scenarios and make the next best decisions about how to move forward.

You need to know how to make objective decisions under pressure rather than being controlled by emotions. Embrace the process, both good and bad and see it as an opportunity to grow.
The skills of self control and discipline can unlock your true potential. So, let’s talk about how to develop those skills.

Strategy #1 – Make your Bed

Make your bed the same way everyday and do it well.

Why?

What could making your bed have to do with performance on the field?

It’s practice.

There are three behaviors champions need to perform consistently to the next level.
Attention to detail, acting differently than how you feel, and follow through on your commitments long after that motivation has passed.

Making your bed is practice for all those things. It’s daily practice.
Daily practice is how you build mental muscles.

How to Get Your Athletes to Focus

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.

Training.
You train the physical part of your sport with drills.

I am here to teach you how to train the mental part of your sport.
Also with drills.

A highly trained level of present moment of focus and self awareness allows your athletes to block out distractions, navigate adversity, and perform consistently at their best.

If you know how to coach pillar 3 of my mental performance training, focus and awareness, then you’ll have a team of competitors who know how to stay focused.

The best way to increase your focus is to

How to Get and Stay Motivated, Especially When You Don’t Feel Like Doing It.

“I don’t want to.”

How many times have you said this?

Guess what?

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.

People think motivation is what gets you going. So, they wait for motivation to show up to get started.

Other people think you are motivated or you’re not.

But, that is a fixed mindset. And if you saw my first video on an elite mindset, then you know that your mindset is not actually set. It can move and grow.

Motivation is on a scale and you can move yourself up the scale to ensure that your motivation grows stronger everyday. Motivation is a decision you make everyday.

Donene Taylor, author of The Heart of a Champion, said that…

How to Train to Develop an Elite Mindset

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?

The same way they train their bodies.

With drills.

No one who is at the top of their field ever thought, “I just don’t have what it takes.”

That is a fixed mindset.

An Elite Mindset says:

“I am not lacking ability, I just have to train more.”

“I didn’t lose. I learned.”

“I can train to build myself up to where I want to be.”

So, if you’re interested in building your own Elite Mindset, then you’re in the right place. Training the mental game is what I do.

Here is how you get to where you want to be:

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Shadow Bullpens: The number one drill you can do to develop mentally tough pitchers

  The number one drill you can do to develop mentally tough pitchers is what we call Shadow Bullpens. Shadow Bullpens are how a pitcher practices their process/routine and visualization, two essential skills pitchers need to compete one pitch at a time and give themselves the best chance for success at slowing the game down and… Read More

PODCAST: Softball’s First Million Dollar Mental Game, Monica Abbott

Monica Abbott is the D1 Softball All-Time Career Leader in Wins, Strikeouts, Shutouts, Innings Pitched, Games Started, and Games Pitched.  After her collegiate career, she signed the most lucrative contract ever for a female in professional sports.

PODCAST: Leading a National Championship Winning Program

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PODCAST: Why The Mental Game Is Important, Ken Ravizza

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PODCAST: Building A Championship Culture With LSU Softball Coach Beth Torina

LSU Softball head coach Beth Torina has led the Tigers to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series in three of her first five seasons and has quickly become one of the game’s most respected coaches.  In this podcast she shares how TIGERS is an acronym for their championship culture and how they build an elite mindset in their players to give them the best chance for success.  She also shares part of her routine for being at her best on game day as a head coach.

PODCAST: Lacey Waldrop – 2014 NCAA Softball National Player of The Year – 3x All-American

Lacey Waldrop was the 2014 NCAA Softball National Player of the Year.  She was a 3x All-American Pitcher and 2x ACC Pitcher of the Year for the Florida State Seminoles.  In 2015 she was drafted third overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2015 NPF Draft.  Waldrop discusses the mental game of softball and how… Read More

PODCAST: Maddie O’Brien – 2014 NCAA All-American – FSU Softball & NPF Player

Maddie O’Brien was a 4-year All-ACC Softball player at Florida State University and is currently playing for the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch.  In this podcast she talks about her mindset for success, competing one pitch at a time and what she does for mental training.  She was a finalist for College Softball… Read More