At the core essence of competitive athletes lies the constant pursuit of excellence. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your athletic journey, there's a unique pressure that athletes impose on themselves to excel in various scenarios. This pressure can come from within or external sources, such as fans, coaches, or even the sheer desire to prove oneself.
Pressure situations can vary greatly in sports. They range from high-stakes competitions, nerve-wracking selections, and make-or-break tournaments to the challenge of mastering new skills.
One crucial aspect to acknowledge is that performing under pressure is highly individualistic. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to handling pressure, as each athlete brings their unique set of experiences, strengths, and weaknesses to the table.
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The brain of the anxious athlete – it's a feeling that's all too familiar to anyone chasing success.
And that is precisely where the role of mental conditioning can be brought in to help athletes develop the tools they need to combat feelings of anxiousness.
In this video we explore:
High performance can be tough; it demands consistency and dedication. Let's consider an athlete's journey: from amateur to competitive, to elite, and finally, to high performance. It's a rigorous process that requires intense commitment.
A study in the late 80s examined the top 1% of high performing athletes worldwide, across various sports. While some were indeed gifted, a significant majority achieved success through something else.
Genetics played a small role, and financial resources also had a limited impact.
But the real game-changer was one singular thing.
What they found was all high performing athletes had one thing in common: mindset.
They built personalised programs, catered specifically to their strengths, skills, and determination. They didn't try to emulate others; instead, they optimised their own potential. They stuck to their tailored programs tenaciously, fine-tuning aspects when...
We have done so many wonderful things to promote the development and evolution of our species.
However, there is one habit we have recently created that is causing a de-evolution of one of our performance strengths: our ability to perform and perform with confidence.
And as an athlete this could be catastrophic to our competitive future as it has the potential to jeopardise competitive prospects in the long run.
In this video, we unpack the one habit that, if you change it, has the power to significantly enhance not only your performance but also your consistency and your ability to respond under pressure.
And it's not that hard to do!
So watch and learn what could possibly have the biggest impact on your sporting career in decades.
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In an interview with professional IronMan, Nathan Jay, we revisited our first season together. From grappling with consistency to finding mental resilience, our discussion dived deep into the mental performance strategies Nathan embraced this season, which transformed his approach to his sport.
And the most significant lesson Nathan learned from mental performance training which revolutionised his approach to competition season, and also to his daily life.
Dave: Thanks very much for agreeing to spend some time with me today and just talk about the journey that you've...
You can have a long career in sport with the right mindset and when you put the right people around you.
Holly Harris, elite skater and long-time client, recently returned to Australia for a brief visit. So I took the opportunity to have a conversation with her about travelling the world, training and competing in her sport.
Holly, a champion skater in multiple disciplines, has encountered various obstacles along her path, but what stands out is her ability to not only overcome those challenges but also leverage them as valuable skillsets to propel her career forward.
In our discussion, we delve into Holly's insightful experiences and discuss the strategies she has employed to navigate injury and setbacks, ultimately transforming them into unique skillsets that have enhanced her professional trajectory.
Join us as we share valuable tips that can potentially aid you in your own sporting career.
Jay Furniss, professional IronMan athlete, and I sat down for a chat as we wrapped up our first season working together. In this interview, Jay shares his journey, from struggling with consistency to finding mental strength. We delved into the mental performance strategies Jay adopted this season that changed the game for him, including:
Jay also encourages young athletes to tap into mental training early for consistent results.
Dave: So, first of all, thanks very much for agreeing to have a bit of a chat with me. It's the end of our first season of working together, so what I wanted to do was give other athletes a little bit of a perspective on your...
The reason I say yes and no is because the ethos I have as a mental performance coach, and has worked really well for athletes and coaches and teams over the years, is:
If you're an individual athlete and you're thinking, ‘I’m not part of a team.’ You probably are. You just may not realise it at this stage, or you may not necessarily be there at this stage. You might be what I call a ‘tipping point’ athlete, you're just not in the team yet, or you're not in the representational part of your career yet, where understanding team dynamics is front of thought.
At some point, if you want to represent your country, you will be working within a team.
Even if you're representing your club, or your region as a team member, the fact that you're not doing it alone – you've got a coach, you've probably got peers you train with, an entourage around you of physios, S&Cs, chiropractors, mental...
I recently sat down for a lively conversation with Emma Nedov - athlete, entrepreneur and health coach. Emma is the host of a new video podcast which explores how you can use sport to succeed in your life.
We discussed a lot of great topics, including:
The most common pattern that athletes are doing which is holding them back from performing under pressure, and makes them frustrated
The biggest mistakes coaches are making on competition day, and the instant mindset shift that will fix that
How to change just one simple thing to improve your physical performance
As a coach of elite athletes, you understand the importance of getting the best out of your athletes. But what if there was a way to use your natural talents to do this more effectively?
Think about just how different all our athletes are. Getting results from one athlete can be a different process to getting results from another. One size really doesn’t fit all.
So as a coach, how well do you know your athletes? Do you know what triggers them into action? What drives them and what scares them? And if so, how did you work it out? Was it something that was innate, or do you have a process that enables you to better understand and optimise your athletes?
If you think about just one of your athletes right now: