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Mental Strength: Do you think fast?

 

In the 1930′s a Northwestern grad student in the psychology department, E.F. “Al” Wonderlic, invented the test that came to be known as the Wonderlic.

Each year, nearly 3 million job applicants in every line of work take the Wonderlic.

NFL combine athletes must take it as well.

The Wonderlic is a timed IQ test, consisting of 50 questions, ranging form easy, to hard, and must be completed in 12 minutes.

Each question equals one point.

What’s good?

Well, the average scores in some professions look like this:

Chemist: 31

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Soccer Players Learn to Use Their Head

The Mental Strength Training Center announced today the release of a Sport Psychology and mental skills training program for Soccer players and coaches.

To help soccer players, coaches and parents of soccer athletes become better teammates, leaders and athletes, the Mental Strength Training Center, working with world class Mental Skills coach and Indiana University Professor Dr. Gary Sailes, created the MENTAL STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SOCCER, a 2-phase training program contained on two CD’s.

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Handling Distractions, Part 2

You should now have a list of your responses to some of the common distractions affecting your play.

Such as…

  • Your violent outburst to the baby crying …or…
  • You spending the next four points wondering why you double faulted on game point.

And if you have no idea what I am talking about, please read Handling Distractions, Part 1, so that you get caught up:

The bottom line is this:
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You need to get back on track…
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and get over whatever caused your distraction.

How do you do that?

Simple.

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Real-life fast-moving concentration

Ok, last week we built upon your concentration skills.

Static concentration that is.

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Now, let’s move it.
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Literally.

You developed your concentration skills while totally focused on every contour, color, shape, size and detail of the object in question, i.e., baseball bat, tennis ball, golf ball, football, basketball, and so forth.

  • Now, go onto the playing field.
  • Throw a perfect pass.
  • Hit a serve.
  • Swing the bat.
  • Run a perfect sprint.
  • Perform the perfect stroke.

Whatever you do, simply relax, and perform it exactly as you want.  No pressure.

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Where NOT to Start

We get dozens of questions everyday.

Since we can’t get to every single question, this week, I figured I’d address the most frequently asked, which deals with gaining better performance through mental rehearsal.

So what’s the most asked question?

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“Where do I start?”
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Let’s answer this with where NOT to start.

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Don’t start with a negative.
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Instead, start with a positive.

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What is Your Definition of Mental Strength?

We have gotten a tremendous response from the definition of MENTAL TOUGHNESSS.

So let’s do another.

Again, I am after your own, personal, deep down definition.

Really the only definition that truly makes a difference in your life.

I, and other experts can give you input until we are blue in the face.  But unless and until you believe and internalize the message…

…it will not help your output in the slightest.

That is the reason for working from the inside out.

So, what is your definition of:
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MENTAL STRENGTH
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Handling Distractions, Part 1

I always laughed at golfers that couldn’t swing a club unless EVERYONE could hear a pin drop.

That just ain’t realistic.

Then, these same athletes would get mad and frustrated — literally ruining their entire day.

You see, noise and distractions are the norm and the perfect conditions are rare.

Lots of things can cause you to get distracted.

Maybe you are losing to someone that everyone thinks you should beat…

Or, maybe the young baseball team is making too much noise on the adjoining field…

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Right now, or…?

I’ll never forget getting matched up against a taller, faster, more powerful tennis player in a third round match, many years ago.

He was better than I.

He knew it. And I knew it.

Although, somehow I won the first set 6-1 and was up in the second 4-1. Only needing two more games to get into the next round.

Looking back, I’m not quite sure how this happened.

I must have been intensely focused on what I was doing.

You see, at any given time, you can either be focusing on what you are doing right now, whole-heartedly…

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Mental Strength Tip: 4 Ways to Better Use Positive Energy

Everyone has heard that a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is helpful to reach one’s goals.

But what does that mean, really?

If someone deliberately bangs your favorite tennis racquet into the concrete, are you supposed to smile and thank them in the name of PMA?

If the opposing linebacker blind-sides you after you get a pass off to the receiver, should you help them up because they fell over while spiking you?

Of course not.

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You may not be able to control the actions of others, but you do have total control over your own attitude.
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You Don’t Have to Believe in Mental Imagery. It Works Anyway.

I read an interesting report by Dr. Jonathan Parker titled Visualization and Mental Imagery.  It details three reasons why imagery works.

The full report is available for members, but below is the first one of the three reasons.

In my opinion this component is the most important of the three, but like anything else, for best results you should really get all the working parts.

Get my drift?

Anyway…  Imagery works because images are events to the body.

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Mental Strength Tip: Confidence Equals Concentration

I interviewed a world-renowned sport psychologist a few days ago, Dr. Alan Goldberg.

Dr. Goldberg worked with the UConn Huskies basketball team in 1999 when they won the National Championship over Duke.

Needless to say he knows his stuff.

Dr. Goldberg suggested that your confidence is determined by what you are concentrating on.

For example…

Do you see the distractions in the stands?

Does your mind wander from place to place; looking at the guys walking around the stadium or checking out the cute girls courtside?

Or, do you think about the way you double-faulted on that last big point?

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Mental Strength Tip: Keep it Simple

Today’s topic is simple.

So simple that most people miss it.

Last week, I was on the tennis court with a very successful woman. Our lesson topic: How to hit high percentage tennis shots in pressure situations.

We applied the Law of 21, which is the foundation for mastering new techniques through repetition. And after about 40 minutes she got the hang of her new skills quite nicely.

Now in order for new skills, or any skills for that matter, to become automatic you must have the mind uninvolved with the process.

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