Sports Psychology

What Do You Really Want? When What You Want and How You Train Don't Match

What is your goal? What do you really want, as opposed to what you say you want, and are you doing everything that needs to be done to support that goal?

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 7 - The Lifter's Trance

We now come to a point in competition just before the lifter is to lift the barbell. So what happens at this point? He or she goes into a light trance. Yes, a trance - a weightlifter's trance.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 6 - Discharging

After you relax, center your mind, visualize the lift, ground your body, and charge up your lungs, you are ready to lift. During that lift you have one other process to consider - discharging.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 4 - Getting Centered

This week we look at the art of psyching up. What is it, what does it do, and how do YOU do it effectively to make those big lifts.

The Athletic Mind, Part 2: Training Yourself to Be a Positive Thinker

How does a pessimistic or catastrophic thinker become a positive go-getter? Here are some ways to change your perspective, whether you are an athlete or not.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 3 - Controlling Internal Noise

It is important to know that you give your inner voice power. Just as you can think negative thoughts about your performance, you can transform your thoughts into positive, productive ones.

See How It's Done: 6 Lessons on Visualization

Mental imagery can be a powerful tool for achieving your goals. Here are six lessons on improving your performance through visualization.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 2 - Fighting External Noise

I remember my first tournament back in my amateur boxing days. I was eleven at the time. During the round I couldn't hear the crowd. What is this sensation and how does it help us as athletes?

The Athletic Mind, Part 1: The Role of Perception in Athletics

The mind is weaker than the body; so just imagine what the body could do with the right mindset. Fears and self-doubt can stop an athlete in his or her tracks long before the body quits.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena (Part 1 of a Series)

I have always thought that you lift as you live (and think). In the weeks to come I will put that into the context of your progress through not only your sports but perhaps of life itself.

The 6 Steps to Building Mental Toughness

The best way to develop toughness is to realize it’s not an overnight process. Learning to embrace the suck when everything in your body is screaming to slow down is not a quick skill to learn.

The History, Science, and How-To of Visualization

You can improve your performance by improving your visualization skills. And if you've never done visualization, I'm going to walk you through how to do it, step by step.

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