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Champion’s Mindset: YOU win it in your head

By: Alan Stein, Stronger Team

“I always visualized my success. The process of seeing success before it happened put me in a positive frame of mind and prepared me to play the game.”

-       Michael Jordan

“Being in the zone means a higher state of concentration. When you let your mind wander, you make mistakes.  When you start thinking about bad things that have happened, or good things that could happen, your focus isn’t where it should be – on this play, right here, right now.”

-       Joe Montana

Here is some wisdom from my friend and colleague, Graham Betchart (performance coach who specializes in mental skills training). For more on Graham, check out www.GBPerformanceCoaching.com.

Mindset of a Champion:

  • Believe in yourselflove your talent
  • Challenge limiting beliefsunlock your true potential
  • Motivate yourself from withinset personal goals
  • Think like a championconsistent mind equals consistent performance
  • Visualize successsee it, feel it, believe it, be it
  • Mentally prepare for competitioncreate a consistent pre-game routine
  • Approach each game the sameconsistency leads to success
  • Welcome pressureembrace all challenges and obstacles as opportunities
  • Play to play greatnot to avoid mistakes
  • Focus on the moment at handstay ‘present’ when you compete
  • Trust your abilitiesplay without worry
  • Competeevery moment and every play
  • Control what you canlet everything else go
  • Keep it simplefocus on the next play
  • Attitude, effort, and focus are in your controldiscipline yourself
  • Learn from losswisdom often lies in defeat
  • Write your own storyhow do you want to be remembered
  • Commit to the mental gamework on your mental skills every day
  • Love hard worklearn to be comfortable being uncomfortable

Commit yourself to living these ‘sound bytes’ and you will take a huge step forward in maximizing your potential on the court.

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Mental toughness key to sporting success

Writtern by: Alan Stein, StrongerTeam.com

Lake Buena Vista– Mental training is one of the most under rated aspects of becoming the best player you can be. And this holds true for any endeavor, but especially sports.  There is a huge umbrella of skills and traits that fall under mental training; the ability to focus and concentrate at the task at hand (like shooting a free throw), not getting flustered in pressure situations (your team is down 7 points with 1:32 on the clock), visualizing success when preparing for a game (picturing yourself playing well or making a great play), and being mentally tough enough to withstand extreme adversity (you lose your team’s best player to injury or you lose several games in a row).

The most accomplished athletes ever, the Michael Jordan’s, Tiger Wood’s, and Lance Armstrong’s of the world know this to be true; in order to reach the highest level of competency and success, your mental skills become as important (if not more so) as your physical skills.  A lot of players have the physical skills, but only the preeminent ones have the mental skills as well.  Your brain controls everything you do, every thought and every movement, so obviously how you think and what you think will drastically affect how you perform. So training your brain is just as significant as training your body.


A Midseason Checklist

Originally published at http://www.ihoops.com

Written by: Alan Stein

Playing well and competing during the basketball (or any other sport) season is the reason you put in so much time over the spring, summer, and fall working on your game, lifting weights, and running sprints.

Regardless of how things go for you and your team, you have to keep in mind that it is a long season. If you get off to a rough start, don’t throw in the towel, there is plenty of time to turn things around. And if you start off hot, don’t get cocky or complacent as staying on top is one of the hardest things to do in sports.

Here are some midseason tips to playing your best for the remainder of the year:

  • Get rest whenever you can, your body and mind needs it! Try and get to bed early both one and two nights before a game and take naps when possible. While the offseason regiment is tough, there is nothing harder on your body than in-season practices, games, and travel.
  • Eat well and stay hydrated. Your body is a machine and needs to be properly fueled. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast EVERY morning and try to eat a light snack an hour or so before practice. You should aim to eat quality pre-game meal about 3-4 hours before tip-off. This will ensure you are well fueled without making you feel full and lethargic. You should eat something with adequate carbs and protein (pasta or rice and chicken). Also, you body does EVERYTHING better when hydrated, so drink water constantly.
  • Warm-up and stretch properly before all practices and games. Hopefully your team has a standardized warm-up, but if not, you need to make sure you do! This will ensure your body is ready to compete and help reduce the likelihood of injury. If you do get a nagging injury of any sort, seek professional advice immediately to make sure something little doesn’t turn into something big.
  • Continue to strength train during the season. Strength is an attribute that is quickly diminished. In as little as three weeks you begin to lose strength if you don’t lift weights. So if you don’t lift weights at all during the season, you will be physically at your weakest come playoff time. That makes no sense. All you need to maintain strength is one or two brief (yet intense) lifts during the season, working all major muscle groups.
  • Be a good teammate. Do the little things to help your teammates and be very positive and enthusiastic, even when things aren’t going so well. The teams that play well together and care about each other… win. Period.

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