Present Moment Focus Part 1

While working on my second book, Playing on Higher Ground, I’ve been researching the Performance Psychology literature on present moment focus (PMF) for one of the chapters.  What I’ve learned, in simplest terms, is that outstanding focus leads to outstanding performance. This isn’t  breaking news, yet, when’s the last time we set out to develop greater focus in order to perform better in life or sport?  Another …

Measuring Mental Toughness: What it Can do For Your Career

The term mental toughness has become a popular phrase in the sports world and everyone seems to have their own definition of what it means. We have statcast now to measure exit velocity and launch angle. We have stopwatches for measuring pop time and foot speed. Yet, due to the nature of mental toughness itself… it’s hard to measure. How …

The Most Important Influence in Your Child’s Athletic Career

It was during my 12 year old majors division championship game in all-stars where I met my first 81mph fastball from 46 feet away… and grew my first chest hair. Now, whether it was actually puberty or Jake’s extraordinary talent that caused it, I’ll never know. But I do know for sure that Jake seemed to have “destined for greatness” …

1 Pitch Warrior

Last week we talked about some of the controllables that athletes and teams can choose to focus on to give them the best chance to win and we opened with the importance of how pregame preparation leads to confidence. This week we’ll focus on being a 1 Pitch Warrior (1PW) which is a simple concept to explain but one of the more difficult approaches to put into …

Win at the Basics…Win More Games

I have the privilege of serving as the Sport Psych to a few teams and organizations and this weekend I was either in the dugout or watching from the stands with a couple of them.  Here were some takeaways… You won’t always be the best team talent wise but you can always win the controllables that lead to consistent wins …

Progress… not Perfection

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working with a softball team on hitting and the mental game.  Something that we discussed yesterday at practice was progress over perfection. It’s not just in softball players I see this but in most athletes I work with and watch. Somewhere along the road athletes got the idea that they should be perfect at everything …

Before Mechanics… Check The Mind

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve just finished the first draft of my book, Performing on High Ground, that will be available in early fall.  Super exciting!  I may need you to help me decide on a book cover. More on that in the coming weeks… Anyways, last week I began working with a baseball client on fielding.  I had been …

Don’t Fear…Take Courage!

In sport there are endless amounts of distractions that can pull your focus and attention off of the most important thing…the ball. ​ Some of these distractions can and will lead you to becoming fearful if you allow them: * Worrying what other people think (scouts, coaches, fans, family, teammates, opponents…) * Thinking about past mistakes * Worrying about what …

More Fragile Than Glass… Stronger Than Rock

What is the one source that causes athletes to soar to new heights or fall to great depths all within their own mind? Confidence. A Sport Psychology mentor once told me, “Confidence is the most fragile thing in sport.” And for awhile, I believed it because I’d witnessed it countless times and experienced it in my own playing days. Yet, as I’ve grown …

I’ll Tell Ya What I Want…

Ok, today’s common obstacle is not about the Spice Girls hit single…but it sure was a dang good song in the 90’s. What we will be weighing in on is the subject of knowing what you really want.   Clients often reveal the reason for coming to see me is that they want to lose weight. Classic. WHY do you want to lose weight?  Now were getting a bit deeper. Well, …