Are you Serious

There comes a point in an athlete’s career when he or she decides to strive to reach a higher level of performance. Maybe it’s trying out for the select team, committing to making your college team, or even setting the goal to play professionally. As we...

MENTALLY STRONG AND BALANCED

Bowling is a Mental Sport Bowling is a mental sport. Very few accomplished bowlers would argue with this statement. Then why is it that when a bowler is attempting to improve their game, they pursue more revs or the hottest new equipment, rather than mental skills?...

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness Recently, I have had two separate discussions, one with a high school football coach, and another with the parent of a young athlete, about sports and toughness.  In both conversations, the individual with whom I was speaking touted sports as the last...

Mental Roadblocks: An Autobiography

Mental Roadblocks As a child, bowling was my passion.  I practiced every chance I could, attended camps, and took in every bit of information that my coach was willing to share.  I bowled in several leagues each year, and my Dad drove me to tournaments all over the...

Self-Confidence Is Everything

Confidence Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.  -Henry Ford As athletes, we have all had those times when we were sure that the task before us was well within our abilities, and there were other times when we were not so sure. ...

Understanding And Overcoming Performance Anxiety – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 in the series “Understanding and Overcoming Performance Anxiety.”  So far we have discussed the basics of performance anxiety as well as reducing the cognitive load of the athletic task so that performance is less likely to be adversely...