Performing Under Pressure

I’m Craig Sigl the mental toughness trainer for youth sports. I’ve worked with many youth athletes who have trouble performing under pressure. I’ve created a video series to tackle this issue.


This Part 2 of a videos series to help youth athletes perform under pressure…

Craig, the Mental Toughness Trainer shares some simple strategies that youth athletes can use when they are performing under pressure.

The first step is to Master the FEAR by being in the present moment. Think about it, FEAR in sports does not exist in the present moment. It gets developed by thinking about past mistakes or worrying about possible future failures.

Any time an athlete feels fear, they need to get into the present by directing their attention to the 5 senses..feeling the floor under their feet, hearing the noises in the room, seeing their teammates playing the game…. This can be very powerful, if practiced regularly. It can be done anytime and anywhere, especially at crunch time in competition. If used consistently, the pressure starts to fade away.

The next strategy is to understand that “It’s an AND world.” What does that mean? It means that the athlete accepts what they are feeling and doesn’t fight it.

So how do you do this? You say to yourself something like: “Wow, huh, look at that, I’m feeling pressure, that’s interesting. Well guess what… I can feel this pressure AND come through with a stellar performance. I can feel this fear AND still do what I need to, to win.”

All of us have experienced times in our lives, where we have felt scared AND did it anyway! Well saying the word “AND” allows your mind to just go with it instead of fighting it.

Believe me even the greatest athletes in the world feel pressure AND they still go out and win while feeling it. You can too.

So I hope you can now see how important it is to learn, develop and practice your mental toughness skills. Now these strategies will work, but Master the pressure in youth sportsto really see big changes in your athlete’s performance, it is critical they get this knowledge from their heads into their bodies.

To make this happen, I created a special “Master the Pressure” guided visualization for your athletes. Let them listen before their next big game or event and watch their performance skyrocket!  Click here to get this game changing .mp3.

Welcome To The Winner’s Circle!

Craig Sigl, the Mental Toughness Trainer

4 thoughts on “Performing Under Pressure

  1. Paulding

    You know, I’ve always envied performers like the Japanese musicians, where they perform better when the audience is bigger; the bigger the pressure, the better they perform. I find this course actually useful beyond the sports industry, becase such pressure is part and parcel of life. Another quality product indeed Craig. Well done.

    1. Wendy Lynne Post author

      Interesting analogy of the Japanese musicians. They have obviously worked on training their minds to equate pleasure with performing. Thank you for the compliment on our product!

  2. Clinton P.

    I’ve heard this problem umpteen times, as my students always tell me the pressure’s so bad that they just feel like giving it all up towards the end. Mastering the pressure. That’s not an easy form of art. And I’ve always had trouble trying to encourage them to persevere. I’ve just downloaded this and listened for a while. You have a good influential voice, and I find it quite inspiring. I’ve seen some raving reviews about your products, so I’ll try letting my athlete team listen to this right before their match next Monday. Hope it will work out great. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Wendy Lynne Post author

      Hi Clinton, We have several videos to help athletes deal with pressure. If you sign up to be on our email list we have a 6 Pressure tip video series you get for free!


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