The first step involves educating you or your team about the different psychological concepts that impact performance. A better awareness of the different concepts allows people to easily identify what is working well and what can be improved.
Many people believe that a person’s mindset is fixed. That it is not possible to help someone become mentally tougher. By highlighting and clarifying the positive effects of various mental states on performance, people see change is possible. This process motivates participants to become more pro-active towards improving their mentality.
Also helping people to understand concepts rather than prescribing specific techniques empowers people to develop their own routines and mental approach. A better knowledge of the key traits and character strengths enables performers to fully understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.
This performance psychology education is delivered via a number of methods including: in-person, online, skype, videos, presentations, live demonstrations, webinars, workshops and programmes.
2. PRACTICAL APPLICATION
Now that there is a better understanding of the various concepts and how it can boost performance, step 2 shows participants how to do it. Clients receive practical techniques and strategies that they can apply in the real world to become mentally tougher. A tailored plan is developed for the clients own challenges and goals showing them the step by step process to enhance their resilience.
Practical applications involve various tools and techniques including helping the client with the KEY CONCEPTS such as:
Psychotherapy or therapy seeks to help people with debilitating or abnormal behaviour, distressing thoughts or circumstances. It is often referred to as medical treatment using couches and medicines for people who are mentally unwell. In contrast, performance psychology is for people who are mentally sound but would like additional support and coaching to develop a stronger mindset in the pursuit of a particular goal, outcome or vision. A therapist, counsellor or psychiatrist assists people with personal challenges such as divorce, addiction, schizophrenia, psychosis and bi-polar disorder. A mindset coach teaches psychological skills, strategies and principles to enhance performance in school, sport, business and life.
Performance Coaching unlike counselling looks forward. A counsellor helps clients explore difficulties in the past, a performance coach wants to help you with the future. Have a look at the simplified breakdown below outlining the difference between counselling and performance coaching:
Mindset Coaching teaches effective mental skills and strategies to facilitate peak performance. The coach guides the individual or team to apply psychological principles in a systematic and consistent manner to achieve higher levels of productivity and success.
Mindset Coaching is one of a number of titles used to describe a similar sector of performance enhancement involving the mind. Other approaches and titles include:
Mental Skills Coach
Mental Game Coach
Mental Toughness Coach
Mental Conditioning Coach
Mental Performance Coach
Strategic Intervention Coach
Peak Performance Coach
Using the latest scientific research and evidence based interventions I coach people from different disciplines including field athletes, track athletes, amateur and professional athletes, adventure and ultra endurance athletes, water sports, Olympic sports, gym users, non-competitive fitness enthusiasts, and sports people. My aim is to teach performance enthusiasts the mental skills to become even better performers.
|Looks back||Looks forward|
|Past influences present||Present influences future|
|Driven by unresolved issues||Sets goals and takes action|
|Therapist/Patient||Client / Partnership|
|What was then||What is now|
|Discusses weaknesses||Discusses strengths|
| Old, disabling beiefs||New, energising beliefs|
| Self imposed limits||The sky's the limit|
| Medical model||Performance model|
A coach is a professional who specializes in helping their clients to achieve their goals in sport, business, their career or life. Coaching is a collaborative results-orientated process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of the clients performance in their chosen discipline.
There are different forms of coaching and training. Below is a brief outline of the various methods:
Mentor: An experienced adviser who has already been there and done it.
Consultant: An expert who provides advice in a specific area.
Trainer: A qualified instructor who tells people what to do and how to do it.
Facilitator: A guide who educates, assists and makes a process easier.
Therapist: A counsellor or psychotherapist who treats psychological problems.
Manager: A person in charge of activities, tactics, training and staff.
Leader: The ability to "lead", motivate and guide individuals, groups & teams.
Coach: A skilled tutor who challenges people to achieve their dreams.
No one style of coaching is the best. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Although distinctions can be made between the various titles or professions, the lines are often blurred and each approach often involves two or more styles of coaching.
Mindset Coaching is a two step
2. PRACTICAL APPLICATION
1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
2. MENTAL TOUGHNESS
10. GOAL SETTING
Everyone can benefit from mindset coaching in order to become psychologically tougher in the gym, sport, and life. Mental training can be applied effectively in many different disciplines and life skills.
The same principles and mental skills used by elite athletes can also be used to improve the performance of youth and amateur athletes, teams, sports parents, performing artists, and to optimize mental health.
I don’t know, I may have been born this way or it could just be the way I was raised, the whole nature versus nurture debate rages on :D