SWIMMING IN THOUGHTS

HOW VISUALIZATION HELPED MICHAEL PHELPS DOMINATE IN THE POOL. Visualization is something we all do each and every day, but rarely do with great intention. Intentional visualization can be a powerful tool for athletes both in competition and in long-term goal planning. One of the most famous practitioners and advocates of visualization is swimmer Michael…

Talk is Cheap and Very Effective

HOW SELF-TALK CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT HIGH PERFORMANCE. One of the easiest and most powerful ways to use the mind to stimulate peak performance is through self-talk. Self-talk is the running dialogue that goes on inside the head of an athlete leading up to, and during competition. What we say to ourselves really matters – self…

The Rest is History: How Pros Manage Sleep

EXAMINING THE HABITS OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. As athletes continue to explore avenues for gaining a competitive edge, sleep seems to have emerged as one of the most important tools in their performance arsenal. While sleep requirements are highly personal, today’s research seems to agree that on average, North Americans are not getting enough quality sleep….

Mindful Meditation & Sports

HOW 12 MINUTES A DAY CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT. We’ve heard it before, we can’t change the past, and we can’t control the future. Instead what we have is the here and now, and that is our opportunity to make an impact. Mindfulness meditation builds off this thought, as it involves bringing one’s attention…

Making It Look Routine

HOW A COMPLEX VISUALIZATION STRATEGY SIMPLIFIED JASON DAY’S GAME. In 2012 PGA Golfer Jason Day found himself struggling mightily with the mental side of his game. Having won only once in five years on tour, he felt his mind was not living up to the talent that his body was capable of producing. Jason found…

Pre-Game Preparation: Is Your Visual Environment Optimized?

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A 1996 STUDY ON ENVIRONMENTAL CUES. When athletes talk about “controlling the controllables”, the pre-game ritual is one of the things they can be most in control of. Before the first whistle, athletes at all levels are working on getting their minds and bodies in the right place to perform…