Welcome to the Mental Toughness Academy! Craig, the mental toughness trainer teaches a group of football players the importance of using positive self talk to get their game to the next level.

“This is a big deal. I want us really locked in on this meeting. I want us getting better because of it. We all need this. I’m going to introduce a guy here. His name is Craig Sigl. He is a Mental Toughness Trainer. We got to get ready. We got to get better up here. Let’s go and let’s listen to what he said. And let’s take some of that into account.  Shoot! It’s easy in your head to be a little tentative.  We all have to get passed that. We all have to be better here.”

Craig introduces the power of the subconsciously or the unconscious mind, which once again, is the cellular intelligence of your positive self talkwhole body. How do you get there? How do you get there to make that change? Let’s say you’ve uncovered a belief in you that’s, “I can’t play against this opponent.” “This guy always owns me on the line.” I’m sure you’ve heard things like that. This team has got my number. Something like that limiting beliefs.

Those are programs that are stored there. The first time you might have had a choke against that team or that opponent or even the thought, it could have sunk in and that’s your new belief and you’re hosed going out there on the field. You got to get rid of that before you ever get out on the field.

How do you do that? It’s really simple. Intention. This is what I am doing. So here’s what I tell all my clients. The best way to connect to that part of you that holds all those values, that holds that programming, the stuff you need to get rid of, is to assume you’re doing it. Assume you are connecting.

So here’s one way to do it. I like to call my unconscious mind “Self 2” or “Craig 2.” I’m always recommending to athletes create a person, a second person. You can name it a different name or I just call it my unconscious. Whatever I feel like it. And I have internal conversations all the time. So I’m sure you’ve all heard if you’ve been in sports any amount of time, you have to good self talk. Talk to yourself well. Use positive self talk in sports. You’ve got coaches always catching this kind of thing. “You know I suck.” “I can’t do this.” “I’m no good.” Cut that. You’ve got to get rid of that to start telling yourself you’re the greatest.

Now that’s great and that’s fine and that’s good. But I call those affirmations. Out loud every once in a while saying that. But if you want to make it 100 times more powerful and give into that cellular intelligence, come up with this imaginary other self or do it your way. Remember? Maybe it’s visualization. And have those conversations that intention that this is who I am. You all become what you think about on a daily regular basis. And so you’ve got to do the programming before you ever get out on the field.

The point here is that you all have the ability to program yourselves. You see your mind is like a computer. Alright? We’ve all got this conscious we’re all using to look, listen, and to learn. Reason, reject, makes all the decisions. This is the part that runs that runs your ship. This is like the captain at the helm of the ship. The subconscious mind this is like your crew. The cellular intelligence of your body.

Now, a lot of times or in a well-run ship the captain up top has an intercom, he is telling the crew what to do. This is what I am telling you guys what to do. Today, just now, just hearing this, you guys know more than 90 percent of the population. Just the fact that you have an unconscious mind. You can go there. You can talk to it. You can tell it what it is you want and you’ll become it. That the formula.

So when you guys have these programs on: “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t know if I can stay up with this guy.” “I don’t know if we’re as good as this other team.” “I don’t know if I can get to that next level.” “Am I a D-1 player?” “Can I even… what are my..?” Those are questions. You need to answer them. Take control of your thoughts. Tell yourself who you are and become that, but do it at a more powerful level than just talking out loud. Do it at this level. I’m just giving you this mental toughness secret.

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