Reach Your Ideal Sport Intensity

Somewhere between sleep and terror you perform your best. Some perform best really relaxed, others medium intense, and still others super fired up.

Values in Youth Sports: Part I

The values that you instill in your children as part of their sports experiences have a huge impact on every aspect of their lives. on and off the field of play.

Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle for Sports Success

You should think of confidence as a muscle. It can be strong, weak, or injured. And to make it as strong as it can be, you must train it, just like you train your physical muscles.

6 Ps for Sports Success

The area that will probably make the biggest difference in whether you perform your best occurs before you even enter the field of play, namely, your attitude toward your sport.
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Define Success for Your Young Athletes

Provide your children with a definition of success that is motivating, controllable, and will encourage them to strive toward their goals with commitment, confidence, and courage.

Make Your Sports Goal Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Goals offer two essential things that fuel your motivation: 1) a clear destination for where you want to go; 2) a road map for getting there.
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Find Your Motivation Every Day in Your Sport

Without motivation, you wouldn't go to the gym in the early morning, you wouldn't put in the time practicing your sport, and you would give up quickly if training got difficult.

Develop Emotional Mastery in Your Young Athletes

Your children's ability to develop emotional mastery in sports will also influence them in other aspects of their lives including with family and friends, and at school.

Train Your Mind Like You Train Your Body

Why isn’t mental training treated the same as physical and technical training? Well, it should be.

Vlog: Build Self-esteem in Your Young Athletes

Sports are a venue in which children are exposed to experiences and challenges that can foster healthy and resilient self-esteem.

Vlog: Peak Performance Shouldn't be Your Goal in Sports

I challenge the popular notion of "peak performance" as the goal that athletes should strive for. In its place, I introduce my concept of "prime performance" for athletes.
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Inspiration for Athletic Success Must Come From Within

Inspiration must arise from a very deep place within you. This inspiration is grounded in who you are and it absolutely forces its way out of you, demanding that you take action.
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5 Keys to Making Mental Training like Your Sports Training

Despite athletes and coaches saying that the mind is so important, it is the piece of the athletic performance puzzle that is most neglected.

Great Performers Are Born AND Made

Different pursuits have specific neurological, physiological, and musculoskeletal requirements and if you're not born with those, all of the training in the world won't help.

Results Aren’t the Only Criterion of a Successful Season

The end of a competitive season is a time to look back and evaluate what kind of season you had: one to be proud of or one to reflect on with disappointment.

Finish Your Sports Season Mentally Strong

For athletes in many winter sports, the competitive season is almost over. Regardless of whether your season has been great, mediocre, or terrible, you want to finish strong. with permission

How Athletes Can Perform Their Best When it Really Counts

It’s that time of the competitive season in many sports when results REALLY start to matter and it’s REALLY important that athletes perform their best.
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What Young Athletes Really Need

This article is aimed at early in the sports pipeline where the foundation of young athletes’ attitudes are laid, which often determines how long they stay involved in sports
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Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

Imagine that, just before you enter a competition, someone forces you to put on a 50 lb. weight vest. How will you feel? Heavy and sluggish. And how will you perform? Poorly. with permission

Don’t Let Outside Forces Influence Your Sports Confidence

Confidence is the most important mental “muscle” in sports. It is is a rather sensitive mental muscle that is easily weakened or injured, and difficult to heal and strengthen.
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How Media Use Hurts Athletes

I now have a new pet peeve, namely, athletes having their phones with them and checking their social media during practice and at competitions.
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4 Keys to Consistently Great Athletic Performances

Consistency is one thing that separates the very best in every sport from the rest. The best athletes in the world are able to perform consistently well day in and day out.
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Ten Laws of Prime Training for Athletes

How you use your training time may very well determine how well you perform and whether you achieve your sports goals for the season.
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Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

Despite all that so many parents do for their children’s athletic pursuits, they often fail to provide them with the foundation of all of their efforts: perspective.
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Five Ways to Get Coaches and Parents on the Same Side

Across the many sports in which I work, when I ask coaches what their biggest challenge and source of stress is, the overwhelming response is parents.
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Set Healthy Expectations for Your Young Athlete

Expectations communicate messages to your children about what’s important to you about their sports participation and establish a standard toward which they can strive.
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Create a Vocabulary for Individual and Team Success in Sport

Children become the messages they get the most. The words you use with athletes are powerful influences on the way they think, feel, behave, and performance.
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Build a Team Culture for Athletic Success

How team members, think, feel, behave, and perform are all influenced by the environment in which they practice and compete.
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Four Reasons Why Sport Coaches Don’t Do Mental Training

Great sport coaches are also great intuitive psychologists who develop a deep understanding of the importance of the mind and help their athletes be mentally prepared.