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Is Mental Training Right for You and your Team? Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 1 Mar 2012  
By: Mike Margolies


I was talking with a potential client's mother today. She wanted to see if I was the right fit for helping her kid. We discussed all of my services, but it came down to some basic questions. One was that the concern he would think there was something wrong with because of the term "Psychology" and the other was how does sport psychology and mental training fit their needs. The second part was easy, and it has been the nature and intent of the posts I have been making for Juniorhockey.com this past month or so. The first question gets more to the roots that 99% of Sports Psychology and Mental training is for healthy athletes that want to increase or accelerate their performance. Yes, we deal with things like fear, self confidence and anxiety, but it is with the intent to increase performance.

So as you read through the rest of this post, I would like you to answer two questions for yourself and me. Please feel free to leave comments so we can have a conversation.

1) Is mental training right for you and/ or your team?

2) What makes someone wake up and say to themselves "I think I'll look for a sports psychologist / mental trainer today? (I ask this in part because in talking with sport psychologists in Canada and the UK, mental training is far more accepted than it is in the US and I have been working with athletes for three decades and am still answering these questions today. So maybe it is that I am missing something and would love to hear from you.)

The Big Why

Baseball great Yogi Berra is quoted as saying, "90% of all sport is mental and the other 50% physical. Why do we spend almost 100% of our time training only our bodies? This is the big question you need to ask yourself as an athlete. What are you doing to train your mind for athletic success? Are you dealing with competitive stress productively? Sport Psychology and Mental Game Training will help you reach the next level of peak performance. You need to explore and see if there are areas of your mental training that would benefit by learning the game within the game. Most programs are relatively short, but the results will last a lifetime.

Take this short quiz.

1) Are you a confident athlete?

2) Do you understand how best to use imagery to help you to peak performance and to accelerate learning of new skills?

3) Do you deal with your fears?

4) Do you know how to relax? Can you turn the switch on when you need to?

5) Do youlose focus during competition?

6) Does the word choke hit close to home?

7) Do you use an effective pre- and post competition routine? How about for practice?

If you found that there are questions that you answered to with a NO, then let's turn them into a YES. Gain theskills to effectively get results and take your game to the next level. Come join us and play the Game within the Game. 

The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.

Most people have so much more potential than where they are right now!

Success or Failure is dependent on one thing- YOU

Are you the player you want to become? Come discover" The Athlete within You" and find out what is sport psychology; and why you should learn about the game within the game!

Athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for close to thirty-five years for his expertise in helping them live up to their potential. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game. Mike founded Sport Psychology Consultants in 1983 and has helped over 2000 athletes. Mike has taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center. Mike Margolies is available for workshops, team and individual consultation, assessment and as a speaker. His new book is called "The Athlete within You- a mental approach to sports and business" It is for athletes and non athletes working to achieve more in sports and  life. http://themental-game.com/.




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