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Underdog Mentality

By John Gassaway | Jul 4, 2016

Underdog Mentality The underdog mentality describes a David vs. Goliath situation in which a smaller, less experienced, ostensibly less talented, or any other “lesser” competitor takes on the bigger, more experienced, ostensibly more talented, or any other “greater” competitor. The strength of the underdog mentality is that it allows the “lesser” to take advantage of…

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The Importance of Sleep for Performance

By John Gassaway | May 15, 2016

Sleep is an essential contributor to peak performance. A good night’s rest can help with focus, awareness, self-talk, imagery, motivation, confidence, goal-setting, relaxation, psyching up, team cohesion, and overall well-being. The more efficient you sleep the clearer your senses and thinking. A good night’s rest also results in more positive mood and optimistic outlook. Unfortunately,…

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Lessons Learned: Expectations

By John Gassaway | Apr 20, 2016

A collegiate wrestler had been on a losing streak for several months with increased frustration and little idea of where to direct more of his efforts/energy. He explained that he had been staying after practice for additional repetitions in skills, had been strength training harder and running longer, and had discussed his frustrations with his…

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Motivation

By John Gassaway | Mar 18, 2016

Playing sports and competing against others can be fun, exciting, and motivating in and of itself. When we participate in activities for sheer enjoyment, we don’ t need much convincing to continue. Sometime, over-time we begin to notice that we find activities less enjoying and more work. When we are provided with praise, rewards, money,…

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Awareness

By John Gassaway | Feb 14, 2016

Awareness is the first step in understanding our own performance. It lets us know our strengths, our weaknesses, our areas of growth, our goals, and virtually every aspect of performance. The more aware we are of these aspects of ourselves, the more in control we become of developing consistency in performance. When we are unaware…

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Learning from Mistakes (Guaranteed Success)

By John Gassaway | Jan 20, 2016

Success can be defined as many different things. If we pay attention to the outcome of an event (score, salary, return on investment, surplus, etc.), we can define success compared to others and whether or not we “won.” It is not likely that we will always find ourselves in this category, however; and there can…

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Mental Skills and Physical Skills

By RadiateWP | Dec 14, 2015

Physical Skills are needed for sport and they are not necessarily given to you by your coaches. A coach will not give you strength, agility, endurance, stamina, flexibility, etc. Coaches can certainly help you improve these physical skills/attributes. Most importantly, a coach will help you to utilize these skills in order to best participate in…

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When is it time to work with a sport psychologist?

By RadiateWP | Dec 1, 2015

A sport psychologist is a specialist and, in some cases, a doctor. Athletes should use a sport psychologist as such. When we have a common cold we usually all respond in a similar fashion. We think about house-hold remedies to fight the cold and return to health. This may include drinking a lot of fluids,…

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Learning to Walk

By RadiateWP | Nov 15, 2015

Sometimes it can seem intimidating or confusing to think about working with a sport psychologist. There is also the question of what a sport psychologist can do to help you. A majority of the skills a sport psychologist can help with are not unknown to athletes: imagery. self-talk, awareness, psyching-up/relaxing, goal setting, motivation, focus, etc. When asked how a…

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