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Our blog provides people with insights into the type of work we do as well as our personal and professional interests.  We are a team of psychologists that vary in global location, expertise, and interests which means there is loads of variety in the information on our blog relevant to different age ranges, cultures, and levels of performance. The topics we share typically stem from the latest research and applied practice, as well as books we've read, places we've been, and people we've met.    
19 05, 2016

Sleep: Your Secret Weapon

Read more posts from this Author May 19th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Health & Well-being 0 Comments

Want to gain an extra edge over your competitors?  Want to perform better?  Then you need to get more sleep!
Sleep is a powerful and often underestimated tool that can lead to noticeable changes in performance.  Unfortunately, as a society we value not sleeping and celebrate those who can do a lot of work on little or no sleep.  The theory seems to be that if everyone else is sleeping and you’re working/training, you are gaining an advantage over your opponents.  The opposite is actually true, especially if you are consistently sleep deprived.
What happens when you sleep?
When you sleep, your brain works to process and consolidate your memory and all that you’ve learnt during the day.  If you’ve been reviewing […]

3 05, 2016

High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 3 – The Brain-Body Connection

Read more posts from this Author May 3rd, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Health & Well-being, Injury Rehabilitation 0 Comments

Guest Speaker: Dr Kerrie Evans from Allsports Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine, Gold Coast
Date: 19th May
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Allsports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, Southport
Mental Notes Consulting has combined with their partners to bring you a series of High Performance workshops across South East Queensland in 2016. The series will cover topics designed to help you to reach your performance potential in sport, coaching, performing arts, school, work and exercise. Guest presenters include strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, ex-athletes and staff with elite sport backgrounds and experience.
Each workshop will consist of two 45 minute sessions during which a guest speaker and Mental Notes Consulting’s Australian Sport Psychologist will present on high performance strategies.
In the third workshop of the series, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Dr […]

22 04, 2016

The ‘A Game’ Performance Mindset Guide

Read more posts from this Author April 22nd, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Corporate Performance Coaching 0 Comments

What is it?
‘A Game’ performance mindset is the state of mind you have when you perform at your best.
Terms that you may have heard referring to this mindset include ‘bubble’, ‘zone’, ídeal performance state’, or even ‘flow’.
It’s a set of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that promote you to consistently compete at your highest level in any given circumstance.
It’s often the mindset that you’ve experienced when you feel like your mind is ‘on your side’ and contributing positively to a solid performance.
Why use it to perform?
We use it to perform to be consistent.
The perspective we are taking is that if you can consistently understand the way you think, feel, and behave then it gives you a greater chance of creating […]

8 04, 2016

High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 2 – The Winning Mindset

Read more posts from this Author April 8th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Corporate Performance Coaching, Team & Group Dynamics 0 Comments

Guest Speaker: Murray Hurst – Former NRL coach & current QRL Welfare & Education Manager
Date: Monday 18th April
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Queensland Sports Medicine Centre
Mental Notes Consulting has combined with their partners to bring you a series of High Performance workshops across South East Queensland in 2016.  The series will cover topics designed to help you to reach your performance potential in sport, coaching, performing arts, school, work and exercise.  Guest presenters include strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, ex-athletes and staff with elite sport backgrounds and experience.
Each workshop will consist of two 45 minute sessions during which a guest speaker and Mental Notes Consulting’s Australian sport psychologist will present on high performance strategies.
In the second workshop of the series, former […]

27 03, 2016

The Path to Greatness

Read more posts from this Author March 27th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Everything Else 0 Comments

Many golfers have an incredible ability to analyse situations, but many use their analytic skills for evil rather than good. I see this phenomenon over and over again with golfers who come to see me. When they have performed below their potential and shot a high score they can tell me in excruciating detail, shot by shot, hole by hole, everything that happened and everything they did wrong. However, when they shoot a great score, feel good about their round and have a great day on course, the conversation is very different and contains a lot less detail with seemingly little recollection of why things went well and how they got to the great outcome.
Our brains are clever and […]

10 03, 2016

High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 1 – Reaching Your Performance Potential

Read more posts from this Author March 10th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Corporate Performance Coaching 0 Comments

Guest Speaker: Paul Haines from PERFORM
Location: Southport Community Centre, Gold Coast
Date: 31 March 2016
Time: 6.45-8.15pm
Mental Notes Consulting has combined with their partners to bring you a series of High Performance workshops across South East Queensland in 2016. The series will cover topics designed to help you to reach your performance potential in sport, coaching, performing arts, school, work and exercise. Guest presenters include strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, ex-athletes and staff with elite sport backgrounds and experience.
Each workshop will consist of two 45 minute sessions during which a guest speaker and Mental Notes Consulting’s Australian sport psychologist will present on high performance strategies.  
In the first workshop of the series, High Performance Consultant, Paul Haines, will be sharing his […]

28 01, 2016

Overcoming Mental Blocks

Read more posts from this Author January 28th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Corporate Performance Coaching 0 Comments

Mental blocks are a phenomenon that happen when a performer appears to go blank and forget movements that they have consistently trained and mastered and should know how to complete.  The performer can appear to freeze or may instinctively change the movement they were planning to do.  Performers experiencing a mental block will often state that they feel like they physically cannot complete the specific movement or skill, even if they want to.  Mental blocks are often isolated to one specific skill or part of a skill, whilst other aspects of performance can remain intact. Mental blocks often don’t make logical sense and as a result, a mental block is often a very frustrating experience for a performer.

Why do […]

27 01, 2016

A Jockey’s Mindset

Read more posts from this Author January 27th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Everything Else 0 Comments

All sport is a delicate balance of demands that require effort to overcome, and resources, tools that can be used to overcome demands. Horse racing is no different. Jockeys have to stay focused, be fit and strong, make weight, see opportunities, make decisions under pressure and keep trainers and owners happy. This requires perfect physical preparation. Mental toughness is necessary maintain the physical preparation required to meet the demands of the sport. When demands seem to outweigh resources, the brain views the situation as a threat and goes into stress mode. In stress mode, the brain makes poor decisions and tries to overcompensate or play it safe, leading to underperformance. The key is to increase resources by increasing mental […]

16 01, 2016

Replace Superficial Resolutions with a Strength-Focus

Read more posts from this Author January 16th, 2016 Athletic Performance Enhancement, Corporate Performance Coaching, Health & Well-being 0 Comments

The New Year can inspire feelings of renew and motivation to change, and gyms, trainers, and diet fads are ready to cash in on our New Year’s resolutions.
Well, not this year.  In this article, I share how to create powerful goals and resolutions using four key pillars of meaningful change that can shift our focus away from superficial desires driven by social pressures and trends, and toward action plans that are fueled by your individual beliefs and strengths.
“What’s in it for me?” Your why of motivation and drive
Motivation is your why for involving yourself in certain activities or making particular choices.  When that why is to obtain short-term rewards such as weight loss or more cash there is only […]

10 01, 2016

What is the Difference Between Self-Confidence and Cockiness?

Read more posts from this Author January 10th, 2016 Everything Else 0 Comments

Self-confidence is interpreted by others through our communication style – how we speak, our gestures, eye contact, and body language.
The ideal communication style inculcated by eastern philosophy is humble, harmonious, nurturing, modest, and indirect. However, the demonstration of self-confidence in sport is often interpreted and most closely associated with a style of communication in western philosophy, which reflects boastfulness, dominance and competitiveness. It is this form of expression that boarders on cockiness, the polar opposite to the ideal communication style in Asian culture.
From this perspective, it is perfectly understandable that the very thought of focusing on training that boosts one’s self-confidence for a high achiever in Asia can be met with a lot of hesitation.
It is human nature […]