Learn to Coach Yourself
No one knows you like you know yourself. No one is more in touch than you with your dreams, fears, hopes, strengths, weaknesses, and inner conversations. Coaches are wonderful resources that we can use to help motivate, teach, challenge and celebrate with us. However, when we don’t accept equal responsibility for managing our mental game and our approach to training and competitions, we lose our most powerful resource–ourselves. We need to learn how to improve our mental game–how to leverage our strengths and strengthen our weaknesses. We need to own our own mental game. We need to practice mentally with the same intensity and focus that we practice physically. Now you can do that with the methods and techniques that Dr. Chandon teaches. He teaches athletes how to improve their mental games with a combination of meditation, self-hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, and Jungian psychology. Although his methods are powerful tools for improving mental games, he teaches them in simple and practical ways that produce results.
Ten Questions About Your Mental Game
Here’s a quick assessment of your mental game. If you don’t feel comfortable with your answers, you can benefit from working on your mental game.
- Do you know what’s limiting your performances in training and competitions?
- Do you know how to improve your mental game?
- Do you do things in competitions that sabotage your results?
- Do you know how to perform in the zone?
- Do you know how to increase your confidence?
- Do you know how to manage nervousness?
- Do you know how to create breakthroughs in performance?
- What do you need to start believing about yourself in order to improve?
- How do goals and expectations either help you or hinder you?
- Do you have performance problems that you just can’t fix?
Most of us know that we can perform at a higher level. We know we can be better. We’ve become frustrated with under performing. The most significant challenges we usually face are the mental ones and not the physical ones. If we’re paying attention to how we train and compete, we know that we sometimes sabotage and limit ourselves. We also suspect that there are ways in which we unconsciously sabotage ourselves because we seem to keep finding ways to under perform. The key challenge we face is that most of us don’t know how to stop sabotaging ourselves. Intellectual knowledge is helpful, but isn’t sufficient to make deep changes. We may have tried everything we know and it still isn’t enough. We don’t know how to get out of our own way. We need something deeper and more powerful.
There’s a deeper way of knowing and a deeper self-knowledge that we find when we develop our mental practice. We find our center where we are in touch with our deep wisdom and passion. When we live, train, and compete from our center, we find more clarity about our strengths and weaknesses. We learn that the barriers that appear to be holding us back are actually invitations to develop, change, improve, and tap into the deep strength that we find inside in order to follow through on what will help us more forward as athletes and coaches.
We all want to perform at our highest levels. We want to perform “in the zone.” When we develop an effective mental practice, we recognize that performing in the zone is the same state that we experience in our mental practices. To learn to perform in the zone more often, we learn to practice mentally on the right things in the right ways.
Improving Your Mental Game
Reading about improving our mental performance is different than actually improving mental performance. Reading about improving mental performance can be similar to reading about going to the gym to work out. We may learn some important concepts, but it’s not the same as actually working out. Now you have a way to improve your mental approach to sports and deal with the internal barriers that you keep holding you back.
When we mentally practice in the right ways, we learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states. That’s the essence of high performance. We train well and learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states. As we do quality mental practices on a consistent basis, we increase our ability to perform at increasingly higher levels. We learn how to create optimal states for athletic performance that are more within our control.
Now you can learn to practice mentally in ways that are intuitive, powerful, and transformative. Mental practice may not be what you think it is. This form of mental practice is simple and easy to learn. You actively use the power of your imagination and intuition. Mental practice doesn’t require large blocks of time. You can improve your mental game by investing as little as 15 minutes per day in yourself. We mentally practice on a daily basis, just like physically working out. We train our mind and body to be our best. Put in the right work and see how good you can be.