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Recent Mental Strength Strategies and Tips
- Mental Strength: Do you think fast?
- Soccer Players Learn to Use Their Head
- Handling Distractions, Part 2
- Real-life fast-moving concentration
- Where NOT to Start
- What is Your Definition of Mental Strength?
- Being A Good Teammate
- Five Traits of a World Class Competitor
- REVIEW: The Home Depot Olympic Training Center
- Handling Distractions, Part 1
Tag Archives: handling distractions
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.
Well, the average scores in some professions look like this:
You should now have a list of your responses to some of the common distractions affecting your play.
- 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:
You need to get back on track…
and get over whatever caused your distraction.
How do you do that?
Ok, last week we built upon your concentration skills.
Static concentration that is.
Now, let’s move it.
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.
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.
Don’t start with a negative.
Instead, start with a positive.
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:
World Class Team Building expert and Sport Psychologist Karlene Sugarman revealed some interesting tactics in our most recent Teleseminar.
Karlene related team building strategies of Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots Head Coach, which she says has a lot to do with their massive success.
So I thought I’d pass it along to you.
Karlene said not only do successful teams have a clear mission which goes much deeper than simply saying:
We Must Win All the Time
But that each team member must know exactly what role they play as it relates to the team’s mission.
Name of location: The Home Depot Center
City/State/Country: Carson, CA, USA
Reason for going: The Home Depot Center was home of the 2005 United States Davis Cup first round play vs. Croatia. Where the United States tennis team including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and the doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan hosted the Croatian team including Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic.
About the Home Depot Center: The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development in Carson, California, featuring stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and other sports. Designated as an “Official U.S. Olympic Training Site,” The Home Depot Center is the nation’s most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes.
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…
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…
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.
You may not be able to control the actions of others, but you do have total control over your own attitude.
I turned on the radio yesterday, as I sometimes do in the car when I am out of CD and audio cassette programs.
A political talk show was on.
The guest was a psychologist. He was on because he was diagnosing 100,000 people suffering from ‘post traumatic wrongful-election distress syndrome.’
Now, whether you are part of the blue party, green party, or purple party, it’s unimportant for this purpose, really.
What is important is the attitude that is expressed:
Helplessness, or that someoneis coming to the rescue.
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.
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.
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?
Internalize these quotes, and enjoy the success that you achieve. You may want to print this page, and post them in a place where you will read them often, such as your refrigerator door, or in your locker.
Print this page and post in a place where you’ll read it every day:
- Progress always involves risk – you can’t steal second with your foot on first.
- The mature mind seeks to follow through; the immature mind hops from one thing to another.
- It is better being a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
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.