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3 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness in the Next Generation

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Developing more wins, tougher and happier athletes.

Developing more wins, tougher and happier athletes.


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  • Lindsey intro by convention personLindsey intro into mental training now led to a 10 person companyGoal is 100k
  • Coaches talk to us all the time about an underperforming athlete- one that is committed and works hard but continues to struggle time and time again.Julie. Play well sometimes but not others- doesn’t really know why. Works hard, is dispclined but Mental Toughness is one of the few things you actually CAN take to the rest of your life- unlike your serve or your jumping ability.
  • Until 3:34
  • Martin text: Step 1 why it’s important.
  • Martin text: Step 1 why it’s important.
  • Martin text “Step 2. What is mental toughness” with black shade
  • Just like the physical fitness has weight lifting and running- different for everyone but everyone needs certain things. Skills people work on their weakness play to their strengths. Mental toughness is not one things.
  • We have to define what we want.
  • Grit, will, ability to push through, discipline of working hard. Often associated with preparation.
  • No one thinks of this as relaxation but it is in the way that we know it. Even a boxer needs to be relaxed, calm.This is the one most athletes don’t think about bc it seems counter to what they have been taught. It’s also very different from the push that is needed during training.
  • Olympic Athletes study.Athletes and coaches are taught really well how to develop 2/3 of the stool.
  • This happens a lot with younger and more inexperienced players. However, it also happens to Juniors and Seniors. Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
  • We can go into more… butMental Toughness' can be trainedYoung adult brains are very trainableTraining needs to be consistent and structured Sure recruit the mentally tough kids-I encourage you to keep looking for those types. but as you know there are not an unlimited amount of talented tough kids- so you have to develop it. Navy SEALS do this even.But research by University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson has shown that experienced meditators exhibit high levels of gamma wave activity and display an ability -- continuing after the meditation session has attended -- to not get stuck on a particular stimulus. That is, they're automatically able to control their thoughts and reactiveness.
  • Let’s put a photo with this with text overlaid.
  • Competition- mike tyson self-talk, awareness and discplineDuring competition- can you improve your form or your conditioning? A little (i.e. get your elbow in) but only if you’ve practiced it before can you make adjustments. Mostly, you need to do the work BEFORE competition. Same with mental training.
  • Competition- mike tyson self-talk, awareness and discplineDuring competition- can you improve your form or your conditioning? A little (i.e. get your elbow in) but only if you’ve practiced it before can you make adjustments. Mostly, you need to do the work BEFORE competition. Same with mental training.
  • Brains #1 priority is survival so it naturally limits us.It prefers the known over the unknownAll success requires risk- at odds with self-preservationWe have to DEFINE success and prepare for it.
  • Martin need this text “Usually left to chance”- with black shade.athletes never know how they are going to perform.
  • Just like anything else you develop.
  • Assessment is on our site.Martin need assessement link put on handout so we can direct them their. PlanAction- regular practice is key.
  • Team and individual assessmentThese need to in our resources.
  • 14 days15 minutesHave to take care of your own house first. Which is why I meditate. Like having a doctor who smoke cigarettes or a personal trainer that is grossly out of shape.
  • Some athletes have a natural propensity for more mental toughness, many have developed it through facing challenges in their lives- from failing and adversity.
  • Why some athletes have it and some don’t- they are 18 years old of course they aren’t resilient- most of them haven’t really really been challenged. Mike teti story- “you are nervous for a race. This isn’t pressure- come back to me when you have a big job and a big mortgage and you’re wife is home pregnant with your 3rd kid and you go into work that day and find out you are being laid off- then talk to me about pressure. This is a fucking race.”Mental toughness comes from our REACTION to success and failure- which CAN be trainedPressure is completely subjective
  • In 2008, author Ron Alsop called Millennials "Trophy Kids,"[36] a term that reflects the trend in competitive sports, as well as many other aspects of life, where mere participation is frequently enough for a reward. It has been reported that this is an issue in corporate environments.[36] Some employers are concerned that Millennials have too great expectations from the workplace.[37] Studies predict that Millennials will switch jobs frequently, holding many more jobs than Generation X due to their great expectations.[38]Educational sociologist Andy Furlong describes Generation Y in Youth Studies: An Introduction as optimistic, engaged, and team players.[39]Regardless of your experiences or generation- college sports is a wake up call and that adjustment from being the best to essentially being close to the worst for a period of time is HARDEveryone says this generation is different…….1st of all every generation has said that- the generation before yours said that about you and the next generation will say it about the one after that. They aren’t THAT differentMental toughness can be developed- learning this with neurology.
  • DOES BOTH RELAX AND FOCUS. PREPARATION AND RELAXATION
  • HAVE TO WALK THE WALK AND TALK THE TALK. CAN’T TELL ATHLETES TO RELAX, PLAY LOOSE, HAVE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH WHEN YOU ARE A WALKING STRESS BALL.
  • Not just talk about mental component- have to do something. BRAVR?I am a passionate coach that leads my athletes to greatness. Confident.
  • Ask athletes: when things aren’t going well what do you do? You try hard.What happens when you try harder? 99% of them say things get worse.The next time things aren’t going well they try harder again. Doesn’t work. Definition of insanity? They don’t know another way. Letting go is equal to quitting in sports terms.
  • Free on our siteLots of common issues but does 2 things:Awareness of patternsMeasure what works
  • Athletes wait until there is a problem. You don’t wait until your athletes are hurt to do strength training. If mental component isn’t planned and scheduled it does not happen. Mental mondays.
  • Research shows that high performing athletes need three learnable components…Sports specific skillsPhysical fitnessMental ToughnessIf you are missing any of these, you have issues.These are all learnable skills. In fact, before the age of 25, the brain is very flexible and can learn a lot of new things.
  • Empathy: Show them you understand. My background and how our company was build…You want to win more games & have high performing athletes. Unlock your athletes potential & give them a great experience.
  • Maybe put them up one at a time?
  • Could you have won a few more games last year. Think back to the points where you athletes failed, not because of physical issues or skill issues, but because they weren’t in the right mental space. Example:Playing poorly the first few minutes and having that be the pace for the rest of the gameOutside drama influencing performanceEtc…
  • Research shows that high performing athletes need three learnable components…Sports specific skillsPhysical fitnessMental ToughnessIf you are missing any of these, you have issues.These are all learnable skills. In fact, before the age of 25, the brain is very flexible and can learn a lot of new things.
  • Research shows that high performing athletes need three learnable components…Sports specific skillsPhysical fitnessMental ToughnessIf you are missing any of these, you have issues.These are all learnable skills. In fact, before the age of 25, the brain is very flexible and can learn a lot of new things.
  • Research shows that high performing athletes need three learnable components…Sports specific skillsPhysical fitnessMental ToughnessIf you are missing any of these, you have issues.These are all learnable skills. In fact, before the age of 25, the brain is very flexible and can learn a lot of new things.
  • Research shows that high performing athletes need three learnable components…Sports specific skillsPhysical fitnessMental ToughnessIf you are missing any of these, you have issues.These are all learnable skills. In fact, before the age of 25, the brain is very flexible and can learn a lot of new things.
  • Your athletes are dealing with so much no days. Things we all never had to deal with. Facebook, mobile devices, overcommitments. What year are they in school? Plus all the unique challenges to their own situation. Athletes don’t naturally develop the mental skills needed for high performance and they aren’t going to learn these on their own ….
  • Let’s look at what happens to athletes. On the left side: You don’t know what their filter is. Can’t handle criticismMiddle:Reliving previous failuresUnhealthy internal monologueOn the right side:Lack of focusAbility to handle stressFuture: Consider making this three slides. Showing the problem at each area.
  • When we talk to coaches, most coaches agree with this and do some kinds of mental training.
  • Based on the teams we’ve worked with there is a considerable gap between where you need your athletes to be in these three key areas.We’ve done assessments of athletes and team’s mental toughness and typically see. Ask yourself these questions:Skills:Do the majority of my players understand and can execute on their skillsDo they sometimes execute at peak levels (e.g., at practice, a some games)Physical fitness:Can they compete with most teams on a physical level?Will additional physical workouts make a big difference for my team?Mental:Regardless of competition, do my players play inconsistently. Do I wonder who is going to show up to play?How does failure impact your players?The majority of teams can’t make much additional progress in the skills and physical side. Why?Because as we saw previously, you start pushing against internal problems. So every ounce of energy and time you dedicate, has bleed offThere isn’t a lot of big innovations coming out of physical and skill training. You can get little improvements but we you aren’t going to get big leaps and improvements across the board.
  • Where are you spending your time? Most teams spend the majority of time and energy on the skills and physical side. What they do dedicate to the mental game is focused on resolving symptoms not addressing the internal issues of their athletes.
  • Stop having under performing athletes year of year… Stop being reactive and move to a model of addressing issues.
  • Based on research and our statistical study, we find that teams that don’t invest in a comprehensive mental training program lost or underperform by about 15%. There are lots of ways that mental training can benefit… Happy, motivated… Better Offense (2% more)Better Defense (3% less)More wins (15% more)
  • Wrestlers are a different breed. The discipline that they have can also turn into them really hard on themselves. My bro- diabetes.ISU wrestlers cutting weight- tried to get H2O from mouthguard
  • So what do you do?
  • Implement a mental training plan. While we think we have the best training and team out there
  • Spend your precious time executing rather than figuring out what to do. This is a partnership - We guide you Developed to fit into your busy schedulesEarly & Quick winsThis works… Athletes get excited and coaches see results.
  • Implement a mental training plan
  • Athletes need resources at their fingertips- on their phone, in their apartment or dorm room. They need tools to help them deal with the ups and downs of their season. Sometimes privately, sometimes in the safety of an online support system.
  • All in one program – Focus on doing Partnership - Expert guidance & coaching for both coaches and athletesFits into busy schedules – Customized training scheduleIn person, Online and Mobile app. 24/7 access to training and toolsMeasure Progress & Reporting
  • Athletes need resources at their fingertips- on their phone, in their apartment or dorm room. They need tools to help them deal with the ups and downs of their season. Sometimes privately, sometimes in the safety of an online support system.
  • You are spending so much money on your athletes… So, what do you do? Here are the typical things we see teams do. Bring in outside specialistSports psychologistBuild your ownDo nothingBrief overview of pricing…
  • Overview of this. Talk them through: Monitor usage+P Alerts to keep you on track
  • So let’s talk about what we are doing at Positive Performance.
  • Overview of this. Talk them through: Monitor usage+P Alerts to keep you on track
  • We teach the mental skills athletes need, not just one or two things. We give them the tools in a variety of formats.Focus on the internal changes…
  • Paced LearningSet & Achieve GoalsMeasure and MonitorIndividual & Team Assessments Monitor usage+P Alerts to keep you on track
  • Implement a mental training plan
  • Implement a mental training plan
  • We teach the mental skills athletes need, not just one or two things. We give them the tools in a variety of formats.Focus on the internal changes…
  • So if you have a program that does all these things, the last thing to remember is that this is both a short and a long game… Individuals grow quite rapidly with mental training. However, as a team, you are only as strong as your weakest links. Looking at the ratio of 5 positive experiences to 1 negative experience, we know that it takes long to build up mental readiness as a dependable part of your program. So expect that you will see some big improvements from individuals over the next few years but it will take longer to cement this as a core part of your program.
  • Based on research and our statistical study, we find that teams that don’t invest in a comprehensive mental training program lost or underperform by about 15%. There are lots of ways that mental training can benefit… Happy, motivated… Athletes => Though a combination of in person, online and mobile they learn the mental skills for high performance like =>Skills:MeditationsAffirmationsGuided Visualizations=>Benefits:Play under pressureResilienceMental ToughnessThey learn and practice goal setting, visualization, etc… We make it interactive, engaging and measurable. We use the tools of today to provide mental training in an effective and cost efficient manner Tie in this…Structured – Year around training program at a pace that is measurable.Consistent – In person, Online, Mobile. Comprehensive – Training across these.Easy integrates into program – Gives structured workouts through the year using
  • PersonalizedThree steps:In pre-season you will start in SeptemberIn season you’ll do
  • We teach the mental skills athletes need, not just one or two things. We give them the tools in a variety of formats.Focus on the internal changes…
  • Athletes have a lot coming at them- in school, life, basketball. They are stressed all the time. But they need tools because they want to be their best- just no idea how to get there. Ask boyfriend for advice/come to you- you have limited time.Julie basketball player but could be in any sport. She’s talented, works hard, but is really inconsistent, really hard on herself and really struggles. As an adult coach, you see her struggle- try to talk her through it and support her. But she doesn’t have any skills, any tools, any awareness of what is going on in her head. And really the solution is in side her. It’s up to her. So she cobbels some stuff together- talks to you, talks to her roommate, tries to ‘get her mind right’- sometimes it works, much of the time it doesn’t and you AND her have no idea if or when she’ll ‘show up’ to play.She knows something is wrong but doesn’t know what to do about it so she tries different things- most of it by accident or luck. oII’ve been doing this for awhile and there are some patterns-types of athletes that are on every team. that can really benefit from it. #1 thing I hear:Athlete #1: perfectionist- “ I’m struggling mentally but I don’t know what to do about it.” “I can’t seem to get out of my own head.” “I can’t believe I haven’t learned this before.” What we hear all the time is athlete’s struggling with these issues and NO idea what to do about it. They think struggling is a weakness, they think they are the only ones to deal with these issues. And mostly they do not want to tell you they don’t feel prepared for an upcoming game-so they talk to their mom or just hope they will magically get ready.. Mental toughness is the ONLY skill we expect athlete’s to learn on their own. Some do, many don’t. Think of two player types that benefit from this training: Athlete #2: Ton of potential but underperforming. They are scared- scared of expectation, scared of failing, scared of the possibility and responsibility of really being as good as they can. Two ways to get great players: recruit them or develop them. But let’s be realistic, 15-22 years olds don’t naturally develop the mental skills needed to play at their peak. They end up regretting things.
  • Issues I facedAre you holding yourself back-nagging feeling?- totally naturalLeaving mental component to chance
  • How often is some or all of your practice time wasted because you aren’t focused, motivated or just feel ‘off’ that day?Is your game more often limited by physical limitations (i.e skill/technique/conditioning) or more often limited by mental challenges?
  • Fits in with your busy lifeShort chunks of infoWhen and where you need itMobile web browserEasy to implement skillsStructured, proven systemBuilt and tested by athletesInteresting and relevantImmediate impact AND…Long term benefitConfidential
  • Transcript

    • 1. Lindsey Wilson Co-Founder
    • 2. Mental Toughness The Road to Higher Performance and Happier Athletes
    • 3. 3 steps 1. 2. 3. What is Mental Training? Why it’s important How to develop it
    • 4. What is Mental Toughness
    • 5. 2 types of Mental Toughness needed for High Performance Hard & Soft Skills
    • 6. Hard Skills
    • 7. Belief in Purpose Resilience Internal Motivation Control Self-Belief
    • 8. Soft Skills
    • 9. Amped Up Diagram
    • 10. BRAVR • • • • • Breathing Release Affirmation Visualization Reset Word
    • 11. I am a coach that constantly learns and grows so I can inspire young people to be and do more. Reset word: Confident
    • 12. 3 steps 1. 2. 3. What is Mental Toughness Why it’s important How to develop it
    • 13. ? Mental Toughness Skill Expertise Physical fitness
    • 14. Athletes are failing to self repair Self Repairs
    • 15. Neuroplasticity 1) Trainable 2) Under 25 3) Consistent
    • 16. Thumbs UP
    • 17. st 1 settling for the mark….. when you could be going to the rd? 3
    • 18. athletes settling for the st mark….. 1 when they could be going to the rd? 3
    • 19. Self Limitations
    • 20. How do you develop this?
    • 21. Structured consistent improvements 1. ASSESS 3. ACTION 2. PLAN
    • 22. Screenshot of our assessment results
    • 23. Team Calendar Prioritize Plan Workout schedule
    • 24. Action
    • 25. Coaches Meditation Challenge New Year’s Day 2014
    • 26. “Sometimes, I find it hard to sleep because I always have a million scenarios in my head. The meditations relaxed me and helped to improve my sleep consistency. Thank you!” -Jesse K
    • 27. • Stop by and chat (Booth #941) • Sign up for a free 30 minute consultation • Also, win a Year of Mental Training
    • 28. Q&A
    • 29. Thank you. AVCA Convention Attendee Feedback: “Amazing speaker. Great information!” “Great presentation. Very organized. She was also very inspiring. She had lots of questions at the end which to me means she got lots of interest with her presentation.” “Loved it!!! Better than I expected!!” “Useful tools. Thank you.” @PositivePerform