Rubberizing Your Confidence

The difference between mental toughness and weakness is one thing: Believing. Simply put. Actually, believING. Why the ING? Have you ever felt confident one moment and defeated the next? Believing (AKA confidence) requires an ongoing renewing on a moment by moment basis because at any moment, someone or something or some situation will try to steal your believing. If you …

3 Sporty Psychology Takeaways from 2019

This year’s work with athletes has been both exciting and humbling.  As I reflect on 2019, there are no new topics under the sun, but here are 3 takeaways with strategies that may help. 1. Identity Knowing who (or how) to be when you need to be _____, is crucial to performance. I had several nice athletes this year. Nice is great.But not on the field. There’s …

3-Step Formula for Crushing Finals

Here’s your 3-Step Process to winning each moment whether on the field or in the classroom … Believing + Breathing + Battling = Best Chance of Success That’s it. If you approach each question during finals week with the Triple B Formula … you give yourself the best chance at success. If you notice there is an “ing” on each …

Still Stuck on that Play?

“Rumination is a desperate, futile attempt to change the past by thinking about it. It’s a form of denial, and acceptance is the antidote.” – Stephen Guise, How to Become an Imperfectionist Still stewing over that last at-bat where you missed that perfect 2-0 pitch? How about the 0-2 mistake pitch you threw down the middle that hasn’t landed yet?  Ouch. What about …

3 Takeaways From Last Week in Sport Psych

The beauty in working with athletes on a weekly basis is that they teach you as much as you hope to teach them. They pose questions and answer questions in ways that help me to grow and communicate an idea better to them and others. Here are 3 takeaways from this week that may also help you.  There’s a big …

Dominating Tryouts – The Veteran Approach

This is an article I wrote in January 2017 that I updated a bit. Still holds so much truth: A few weeks ago (Jan 2017) I had the opportunity of watching the college football national championship with one of MLB’s Top 10 Prospects who broke into the Majors last year.   During our conversation we got to talking about the grind and …

Dominating Tryouts (Part 1)

It was June 21st, 2005 and I had been invited as a Junior in High School to try out for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Games Team. Making it would secure a D-1 scholarship and a good chance at getting drafted. No pressure right?  Nearing the destination my mental RPM‘s began speeding up faster than my red 1997 Volvo zooming down the 405 Los Angeles …

The Mental Game? What is it?

Last month, I spoke at the Stanford University baseball camps on back to back weekends to pitchers and position players on the topic of the mental game.    As I often do, I started off by asking them (them being athletes who want to play at Stanford or the D-1 level enough to fly from all over the country) “Who has ever …

DRAFT DAY MENTAL GAME

 Today begins the 2018 Major League June Draft! Over the next couple of days a select few (under 1000 players) will realize their childhood dream of playing professional baseball. For the rest, it’s the saddest week where baseball waves goodbye to them in the rear view mirror, leaving a cloud of dust in their face and a big ol’ …

Present Moment Focus – Part 2

Continuing on the topic of Present Moment Focus I’ve had the opportunity to put this concept into practice with my local baseball and softball hitting clients and it’s been fun to see the results. Here’s one example: Last week while working with a softball player ‘getting back in the swing of things’ I was surprised at how quickly her negative …