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.
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 a meditation 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.
All athletes and coaches want to perform at their highest levels. They want to perform “in the zone.” When we learn to meditate effectively, we recognize that performing in the zone is a meditative state. To learn to perform in the zone more often, athletes and coaches can learn to meditate on the right things in the right ways for high performance sports.
Improving Your Mental Approach
Reading about improving mental performance is different than working on 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 things, but it’s not the same as actually working out. Now there is a way to improve your mental approach to sports and deal with the internal barriers that keep you from being your best.
You can improve your mental approach by learning to meditate on the right things in the right ways for high-performance sports. When we meditate in the right to improve our mental performance, we learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states. That’s the essence of high performance, train well and learn to manage our thinking, emotions, and physical states. As we do quality meditations on a consistent basis, we increase our ability to perform at our highest levels. We learn how to create optimal states for athletic performance.
Now you can learn to meditate in ways that are intuitive, powerful, and transformative. Meditation may not be what you think it is. Some forms of meditation have you sitting for long periods in silence. This form of meditation is simple and easy to learn. You actively use the power of your imagination and intuition. You can improve your mental game by investing as little as 15 minutes per day on your development as an athlete or coach. We meditate 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.
Is Your Mental Game Good Enough?
Consider the following questions about some of the key mental components of high performance sports. If you don’t feel comfortable with your answers, you have an opportunity to improve your mental game and your performance.
- Are you as good as you can be?
- Do you know how to improve your mental game?
- Do you know how to perform in the zone more often?
- Do you have any barriers to your improvement?
- What’s your plan to reach your highest performance levels?
- What are your most crucial barriers to improvement?
- What are you not doing that could help you improve?
- What do you need to stop doing that could help you improve?
- What do you need to continue doing that could help you improve?
- What do you not know that could help you improve?
- What are you doing mentally that’s working well?
- What are you doing mentally that’s not working well?
- What do you not believe about yourself that could help you improve?
- How do you undercut your ability?
- What do you need to stop believing about yourself in order to improve?
- What do you need to start believing about yourself in order to improve?
- What do you need to continue believing about yourself in order to improve?
- Can you be mentally tougher?
- Can you be more confident?
- Can you be a better learner?
- Can you be more creative about the ways you train and compete?
- Can you plan your development better?
- Can you be more motivated?
- Do you know how to manage your nerves?
- Can you be smarter about how you change?
- Can you be smarter about what you need to change?
- Do you know what’s holding you back?
- Do you know how to improve your performance?
- Are you doing everything you can do to perform better?
- What are your expectations about how much you’re going to improve?
- What resources do you need to improve?
- Can you think better?
- Can you manage your emotions better?
- Can you manage your physical states better?
- Can you be a better leader?
- Can you have more fun with sports?
- Can you use your time and energy more effectively?