Mental Training for Athletes

The performance pyramid has 3 distinct phases: 1) long-term development, 2) immediate preparation & 3) During performance itself.  Phase one  include long-term goals, learning, and sustaining daily practice. Phase 2, the skills are used immediately before performance to prepare prior to competition, and Phase 3 are skills utilized in the actual performance behavior. There are 3 empowering thoughts needed to create a champion attitude and performance. 
1) Champions think like champions.
2) Champions are made in practice.
3) The body follows the mind. 
Skills to perform well in sport as well as non-sport activities have certain basic tenants:  Successful athletes have the following mental traits:

  • Choose and maintain a positive attitude
  • Set and keep a high level of self-motivation
  • Set high and realistic goals
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Use positive imagery
  • Manage anxiety effectively
  • Manage their emotions
  • Maintain concentration
  • Always strive to improve
  •  Pain management
  • Ability to focus
  • Relax
  • Mentally rehearse winning 
Lastly, having fun with a strong work ethic will produce results. What give you the winning edge? Confidence, Commitment to Excel and Enjoy winning. The athlete in the photo above is demonstrating the “V” for success. Check out the Amy Cuddy TED talk on non-verbal behavior and celebration for the impact on mood, performance and confidence. 

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.