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Athletic Performance Enhancement

The ‘A Game’ Performance Mindset Guide

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 […]

High Performance Workshop Series – Workshop 2 – The Winning Mindset

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 […]

The Path to Greatness

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 […]

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

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 […]

Overcoming Mental Blocks

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 […]

A Jockey’s Mindset

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 […]

Replace Superficial Resolutions with a Strength-Focus

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 […]

Emotions are Good for us!

Spending about 55 hours on planes in September meant that I watched my fair share of movies and made my way through some insightful reads.
Inside Out is one of the movies I sat through whilst eating meals on trays.  It’s an animation by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures that explores human emotions.  It follows five emotions (and characters) – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – of Riley, an 11 year old girl experiencing stress when her parents decide to move their family to another city.
My primary aim here is to applaud Inside Out and highlight that experiencing a range of emotional experiences is good for us.
Positivity is not always appropriate let alone useful.  Similarly, emotions labelled as ‘negative’ can be […]

I’m Hunting for the Ideal Athlete…

We often get asked what sort of people make ideal clients…so here goes…
You would contact me because you are wanting to optimise your mind’s contribution to your sports performance and make sure your training transfers to competition.
We’ll work well together if you’re someone who wants to get better, who likes to challenge themselves, and is open to being challenged by someone else with the intention of helping your to get better.
A love of learning is a key part of this working relationship, so if you crave seeing just how good you can be, we’ll work well together.
Human performance is not an exact science so you’ll need to appreciate that we’ll be trying certain techniques and strategies to see if […]

Zoning in to Your A-Game

 

Zoning in to your ‘A Game’ is our last forum in Singapore for 2015.  It’s about the mental state that works – your ‘A Game’. We want to help you and your coach understand the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that help you to perform.

Contact Jay-Lee to chat with her about her plans for the power-hour.
Click on the image below for the details if you’re an athlete, coach, or parent looking to develop a better understanding of the state of mind to perform consistently to your potential.