Monthly Archives: April 2016

Educators: Practice What You Preach

Jordan HotstuffJordan Hazel shares how sport psychology practitioners and educators can advance mental training by believing in their message and practicing what they preach. 

Mental skills training is a relatively new discipline, having been popularized in the last 25 years or so. It has been around for much longer, but without a name or a brand attached to it. When working with teams and individuals I often ask the question, “What percentage of your game is psychological?” To this question, most – if not all – performers agree that there is a mental component to their craft that deserves considerable attention, yet all too often there is only a small percentage of practice devoted to mental skills. I was recently thinking about this phenomenon and the reasons behind it.

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Beat the Stress of Coaching

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Phil Niemela shares how coaches can embody their own message by focusing on the process of coaching.

Do you feel as though you are not enjoying coaching as much as you thought you would, or once did? Do you feel pressure for your team to perform perfectly every game? Are you worried that your fans and parents are upset with your coaching?

If you have these feelings (or similar ones) you are not alone, and the good news is that there is a remedy – not a quick fix, but a solution none the less. A popular phrase coaches like to tell their players is “focus on the process”. This phrase is powerful and can help athletes stay engaged during the process of training on a daily basis. It also helps athletes focus on their responsibilities and what they can control during practice and game situations. It provides athletes an outlet to let go of their obsession with immediate results, and instills the belief that if they put in the effort and have a positive, productive attitude, the desired results will eventually come. Being able to focus on the process is a beneficial skill for athletes to acquire, but they are not the only ones who can benefit from it. As the sender of this message, coaches can make the phrase more meaningful and powerful by embodying it themselves.

The process of coaching may seem to be unclear. It is hardly ever talked about (I’m actually thinking that I made it up for this post) but there is a process of coaching. There are things that coaches can do on a daily basis that will help them enjoy coaching more, ease the perceived pressure and worries. Below I have a list of six aspects that coaches can practice every day that make up the process of coaching.

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