A Mental Performance Minute

Published by Susan Zaro on

Questions that frequently arise when a potential client is shopping for a mental performance program are:

1) Will incorporating mental skills into my athletic program be difficult?

The answer clients wish to hear is that it will be easy and effortless to adapt mental skills training into their athletic program. Developing mental skills takes conscious thought before it becomes automatic.  The process of helping a client achieve the results they want moves faster when we initially sit down together, in person or via videoconferencing, and discuss, a) What does the client already know about mental skills training.

b) What do they know about their current process and in which environments/situations do they recognize they play up to their potential. Examples of this often are, “When I know I am going to win, or When I am the underdog and have nothing to lose.”

c) Identify the sticky points that trigger their fight/flight or freeze response in pressure situations.

d) Identify what they perceive as pressures they feel both on and off the field that impact their mental focus.

To achieve success we need to efficiently apply the right tools to the process to fit the needs/goals of the client.

The second question that frequently arises around mental skills training is:

2) Do mental skill take a long time to learn?

Mental skills exercises are often quick & simple. What can take a longer time is for the client to begin to notice their knee jerk response to a situation, take a step back so they have time to  readjust their outlook, attitude, problem recognition and problem solving skills. This is the work I do with clients so they begin to shift into conscious useful mental skills habits, that free them up to be athletically engaged with confidence.