How To Teach Resilience & Determination By Allowing The Come Back

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I fear there is a dangerous trend in teaching and raising kids in the most recent generations and it shows up in sports participation. Far too often, parents go overboard with advocating for their kid for playing time and also shielding them from difficulty.  This is short-sighted as we all know that kids grow up Read More.

How To Relieve Extreme Stress

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Guest post by Stress Management Coach and certified Mental Toughness Trainer – Prentiss Rhodes. If you are a fan of science fiction (as I am), then you are no stranger to the Star Trek mythos. In Star Trek, the eager cadets, in preparation for their lives in space on a starship, had to take a graduation exam. Read More.

The very useful purpose of bad dreams

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  One of the key concepts I teach my student trainers in working with people is to keep asking: “WHY does _____ happen?” I think “WHY” is one of the most powerful words you can use in coaching. Recently, one of my coaching clients, a golf pro, whom I’m helping get over the yips,  was Read More.

How To Get Over Fear Of Failing In Sports

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2 simple steps to clear any fear I have often stated to my student trainers that whenever you are in doubt about working with someone and not sure where to go or what to do, you can always ask yourself or the other person:  “Where is the fear in this?” In my experience of working Read More.

Nobody is broken and nobody needs to be fixed

One of the blocks to improved performance for many people, kids and adults alike, is the idea they get in their head that “there’s something wrong with me.” Here’s an example to illustrate this problem that I hear of time and time again… Mike is a dad of a 15-year-old boy, Jake, who plays baseball. Read More.

Change Negative To Positive Thinking In Sports – Step 1

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So go with me here. You want to turn your negative thinking into positive thinking, right? Most coaches tell you to just force your mind to do it and create a habit of it…blah blah blah…that doesn’t work so well does it? What you really have to do is first reduce or eliminate the negative thinking Read More.

Podcast #8 – How To Build Confidence In Kids (and adults)

By far, the most requested outcome I receive from those I work with is “I want more confidence.”   As with most mental toughness attributes like focus, courage, determination, etc. far too many people are completely unaware that building confidence can be a systematic process not much different than how a golf instructor teaches a beginner Read More.

Podcast #7 – How To Get Over The Fear of Failure

Recently, I was on a coaching call with my mental toughness trainer group teaching them all of my methods and how to do what I do as a business.  When we do these calls, I very much encourage the trainers to ask me questions as I do with clients I work with one-on-one.  I believe Read More.

Confidence-Building Hacks For Kids In Sports, part 1

There is all sorts of controversy about kids sports these days. Should we give them all trophies? Should we push them hard so they learn about how the “real” world works? Parents and coaches are often confused by conflicting advice. The video below is part of a 3-part series to help you assist kids playing Read More.