annamitchell

Creating a Motivational Climate

One theory in sport psychology suggests that athletes may differ in their predisposed goal orientation. Essentially, the aim of setting goals is to achieve “something,” but how do we define achievement? Whether we succeed or fail depends on our perception of whether we have reached our personal goals or not. This being the case, what I consider to be a success may be a total failure to you, depending on how we each define success and failure.

annamitchell

What’s In Your Toolkit?

What an astute statement by Abraham Maslow. Too often we fall into this trap whether in the show pen or in the board room. Once we find a method or technique that seems to work or feels comfortable, we apply it to every situation. It seems like many of us get to a certain level of expertise, then just stop learning. 

annamitchell

Believing Is The First Step

Winning starts well before you step into the pen or onto the field. You need to believe you can achieve whatever it is that you set out to do. But where does that confidence come from?

annamitchell

Trouble Shooting

Do you ever feel like a hamster in a wheel? Maybe spending hours in the practice pen and not seeing any results? It might be time to put your performance preparation under the microscope. Trouble shooting is a critical skill to learn to quickly and accurately pin point specific performance issues. There is a lot of truth in the old saying that "you can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result."
annamitchell

The Art of Motivating Others

Pursuing performance goals can be a grueling challenge for even the most dedicated and ambitious of us. It can be even more difficult to motivate others to stay focused and committed on the path of progress, but that's just what coaches and trainers have to do. As the team leader, it is your job to promote a cohesive team that meets the needs of not only the team but of the individual members themselves.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is critical for peak performance. We have to learn how to regulate the way we feel to control the impact on our actions, and ultimately our performance. Elite athletes learn how to identify and control various emotions to stay on target with their performance goals. What type of emotions can affect the way we perform? How do they impact our performance? What can we do to minimize this impact?

Stress Journals

In today's fast paced world it is critical that we get a better handle on the stress in our lives. Learning to manage our stress levels not only protects our health but allows us to function better at home, at work, and in the show pen.

Check Your Thinker

By now, I hope I have convinced you that great performances require far more than just physical ability. Our mental skills enable us to bring it all together and deliver upon command, but our thinkers can just as easily let us down. 

Skilled Coaching

Assuming the role of teacher, coach or trainer carries the weight of substantial responsibility. We turn to these leaders in our industry to benefit from their experience with the aim of advancing our own careers.