Legendary Track Coach Dan Pfaff Discusses Self-Talk, Mental Resilience, Risk-Taking, and Comfort Zones
"There are a lot of people in Olympic finals who are happy to be there and like the rewards and the accolades that come out of making a final. Whereas the people who get on the podium can escape that comfort zone and take some calculated risks to get a medal." - Dan Pfaff, track and field coach
How To Deal With a Disruptive Player Before They Ruin Your Team’s Culture
The first question to ask yourself is, “Does the player feel dismissed or undervalued by this new culture?” There has to be a reason why they’re acting out, and it could be because they’re feeling sidelined, excluded, or minimized.
How to Help Your Injured Athletes Get Their Motivation and Drive Back
You need to learn to love your comeback more than you hate the setback. Your recovery is your new sport until you’ve healed, so embrace the challenge with the same level of dedication and commitment you usually bring to training and competition.
5 Things to Look for in a Mental Skills Program for Your Team
You wouldn’t leave your team’s physical game to chance or circumstance, but unfortunately that’s often what happens to the mental game. You probably do what you can here and there, but do you have a cohesive plan that you’re able to follow day in and day out?
The Mental Skills that Make Students Classroom Champions
What I hope kids get from our athlete-mentors is that they need to keep grinding. Even looking back at my own career, the pattern was injury, injury, success, failure, failure, success. I would never have achieved anything if I hadn’t persevered." Olympian Steve Mesler
Seeing the Strike Out: How a Pitcher Uses Visualization on the Mound
"The visualization part is huge for me, because the more I can see it and the more I can see myself doing it, the more successful I become. Then I have my best games." Softball pitcher Jordan Dail tells Champion's Mind creator Jim Afremow how she uses mental rehearsal to play her best and win.
Student-Athletes: The COVID-19 Shutdown is Your Chance to Develop a Champion's Mind
It’s easy to think of your sport’s season getting closed down by the coronavirus as a chance to take your foot off the gas. In fact, this unprecedented period isn’t down time, it’s crunch time for your daily mental skills training.