Four Phases of Mental Training
If you are anywhere near being a serious athlete, you should be
doing mental training. There are four phases:
- Learning: Here you learn, adjust and change skills and
- Long-term development: You need persistence, mental
toughness, patience and insight for the long haul.
- Mental readiness for performance: You need mental preparation
routines to get into the zone.
- 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:
- Make a commitment to mental training.
- Know the reasons you play and compete.
- Accept the ups and downs of an athlete's life.
- 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
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