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.
You can’t be your athletes 24/7/365.
But they are with themselves 24/7/365.
So, they need the routines and habits of excellence necessary to be able to coach themselves into elite performance.
Anyone who lets their feelings dictate what they will or won’t do cannot reach their full potential.
Only elite routines and elite habits will get you to reach your elite goals.
Experts have a lot to say about habits. There are 3 books that I especially love:
- The Power of Habit by Charles
- DuhiggAtomic Habits by James Clear
- Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
One of my favorite formulas from Tiny Habits is:
Behavior = Motivation + Ability + Prompt
You have to know why you are after something.
It has to be so easy to start that there’s no way you won’t start.
(or what Charles Duhigg calls the trigger)
What is the thing that starts the habit?
Tip #1 for developing Routines and Habits of Excellence: Prompts.
Take my AM Routine for example.
As soon as I wake up, I start. The alarm is the prompt, and I’ve trained myself to start immediately. No snooze, just go.
I sweat before screens. Which means I exercise before I step into my office to face my computer or phone.
This sweat before screens habit sets the tone for the rest of my ideal day.
How does this translate to sports?
Baseball for example:
When does your at-bat start?
Not in the batter’s box.
That’s way too late.
When does your golf swing start?
When you step up to the tee?
No. Too late.
The routines you implement that give you the best chance of success for your next play have to start long before the next play.
Find an early trigger that sets you up for excellence.
Tip #2 for developing Routines and Habits of Excellence: Use the app Habit Share
- Download the free app Habit Share and create your success checklist of all the actions you need to take to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
- Add your friends and accountability partners
- Get the accountability, support, and clarity you need to develop great habits
Tip #3 for developing Routines and Habits of Excellence: Consistency with the help of a coach
You are only going to get from where you are to where you want to be if you stick with you game plan and act in a consistent manner.
I want to be your team’s mental performance coach who can develop the mental performance game plan and hold you accountable to it.
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