Sports Psychology Coaching

Mental Training



Four Phases of Mental Training

If you are anywhere near being a serious athlete, you should be doing mental training. There are four phases:

  1. Learning: Here you learn, adjust and change skills and habits.

  2. Long-term development: You need persistence, mental toughness, patience and insight for the long haul.

  3. Mental readiness for performance: You need mental preparation routines to get into the zone.

  4. In the performance: You need to let go of errors, trouble and problems and refocus on the task at hand.

In addition, mental training teaches you to:

  1. Make a commitment to mental training.

  2. Know the reasons you play and compete.

  3. Accept the ups and downs of an athlete's life.

  4. Delay immediate gratification for long-term development.

A major secret to mental training?

Embrace the journey.

Mental Training can be included as one of the features of any of our Sports Psychology Coaching packages, or you can request coaching sessions that are primarily focused on Mental Training . To sign up, go to our main Coaching page and purchase one of the packages, indicating in the Comments that you're interested in Mental Training.

The International Mental Game Coaching Association website has a large collection of articles about Mental Training, written by experts from around the world.


Bill Cole, MS, MA, is an internationally recognized expert on peak performance, coaching and the mental game. He has coached at the highest levels of the Olympics, major-league pro sports and big-time college athletics. His extensive background includes a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Sport Psychology and post-graduate training in various fields. Learn more about Bill Cole, The Mental Game Coach.

Mental Training

Mental Training


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