Your Personal Readiness Mindset Approach

Being fully prepared to perform your best as you step onto your playing field cannot be left up to chance. You must know how to:

  • Manage your mindset and the pressure
  • Control your mental thoughts and feelings and your body sensations
  • Use reminders, rituals, and routines to help you perform

You need your personal readiness approach based on who you are, your strengths, and your weaknesses.

  • If you are a negative thinker, then you need a technique to let go of that and think about your skill set or best performance
  • If you tend to forget to use your performance tools, then you want to use a pre-performance “wired-in” visual, sound, or experiential reminder
  • If you find it challenging to tap into your best performance experience when you need to, then learning how to tap into your mind’s and your body’s memory will make that much easier on game day

Your Readiness Mindset Approach must include:

  • Awareness of yourself and the playing environment
  • Being Fully Present
  • Focusing on the task at hand
  • Relaxed Activation

It may also include:

  • Best Performance
  • Flow or Zone
  • Inner Athlete
  • Inner Coach
  • Mental Toughness
  • Optimism
  • Reminders for using your tools
  • Resilience
  • Rituals for comfort and reinforcement
  • Other personal approaches

Your mindset needs to be more comprehensive than simple clichés like, “Just do it!” which can feel motivating, yet it’s too vague to assist most athletes effectively.

Your plan always begins with being aware, and then you must practice being fully present and focusing on your task at hand. You need to be able to perform in Relaxed Activation. You perform your best when relaxed, yet you need enough activating energy to engage effectively. You don’t want to be over-energized, which will undermine your performance and is a characteristic of the state of “fight or flight.” Your level of activation in your sport will be what you need. Further, a bowler does not need the level of activation that a 100-yard sprinter or an MMA fighter needs. Yet, they need to keep a balance of relaxed activation.

The program offers traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge, neurophysiological ones, such as:

  • The Play Zone
  • Brainspotting

Developing and embracing your personal game-day approach will assist you in performing your best or even better than you ever imagined you could.