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Athletic Performance Enhancement

The ‘Big Moment’ Mindset

It’s grand final week here in Australia, a great opportunity to see if the best performers throughout the year can complete one last performance in what is an environment unlike anything else they have experienced during the regular season. There are no more second chances and no additional opportunities to redeem themselves the following week. Everyone is watching and individual and team performances will be judged mercilessly. The winner takes all. There is more pressure than ever before.
As a result, something special is needed. Players need a mindset that can withstand the pressure and can manage the uniqueness of the grand final lead-up and atmosphere without getting carried away or overawed by the enormity of the occasion. A ‘big moment’ […]

The 360 Game Changer

Come along to a golf-specific forum in Singapore delivered by a team of professionals working with golfers of all levels!  It is a great opportunity to gather with fellow players to learn about best practice from top to toe!

Contact Jay-Lee to chat with her about this exciting opportunity to learn from professionals that are ridiculously passionate about golf and how to help people get better at playing golf.
Click on the image below for the details of this very useful forum if you’re a golfer in Singapore looking to give your game a boost.

Is There a Line? Ruthless perfectionism, fear, & high performance

There are very few movies that truly dive into the depths of an elite performer’s mind.  Whiplash is one such movie.
I watched it on the plane coming back from Australia in mid August…twice.  The acting captured me as did the way the characters depicted the ruthless perfectionism that is so frequently an ingredient associated with high performance.
Whiplash explores the pursuit of musical excellence whereby the main character, Andrew is relentlessly determined to become ‘someone’ in the drumming world. In his pursuit he is noticed by Terence Fletcher, a conductor attempting to produce the next Charlie Parker in his elite jazz ensemble at Shaffer Conservatorium of Music, arguably the best jazz music school in the United States of America.
Whilst there were multiple scenes […]

When It’s Not Insomnia – What you need to know about sleep patterns in teens that impacts performance

Does this pattern sound familiar for your teenager?

Frequently experiencing daytime sleepiness, mood swings, and irritability.
Tired all day but feels awake at night, sleeping later than they should.
Catches up on sleep during the weekend but strangely feels worse on Mondays, and then the cycle repeats.

This sleep-wake cycle for teenagers is so common that most parents and coaches accept it as a normal pattern. While it may be common, it is far from optimal and has negative consequences on mood and performance over time.
It doesn’t have to be the norm and it can be improved quickly with the right intervention.
Most parents don’t know that their teen is not experiencing insomnia.  It is a delayed sleep phase problem commonly experienced in adolescence, […]

Keep a Training Diary to Build Self-Confidence

We spend most of our time working with individuals and teams and we’ve learnt that keeping a training diary is a sure way to build self-confidence.

Our team developed a training diary to assist with improving the quality of training and competitive performances.

The MNC Training Diary is an essential tool for anyone who wants to gain the most they can, both physically and mentally, from their training.

We have been getting some enquiries about the features of our Training Diary so we’ve updated the shop with more details.  Here are the greatest hits for its features…

MNC Training Diary features:

No set dates.  No wasted pages. Start it whenever you like and use it for whatever time period you like.
It consists of the […]

Resistance to Sport Psychology: Why should an experienced coach bring a sport psychologist into the picture?

“I know sport psychology” said the coach, the trainer, and everyone in between. We all have knowledge, experience, and thus opinions about people and what helps them to perform.
There’s no doubt that a top coach intricately understands the psychology of their sport. There are cases when an experienced coach has a stronger knowledge of the sport than the sport psychologist.  Most coaches have worked with an athlete for several years and feel they know them better than a sport psychologist ever could.

So why wouldn’t you bypass the sport psychologist and take the mental skills training with your athletes into your own hands?
Here is my rationale for why working collaboratively with a sport psychologist can lead to great outcomes for you […]

Is Parental Pressure Always Harmful?

We’re spending a great deal of time working with parents in Singapore on how to best support their children in their academic and sport pursuits.  Jay-Lee has been conducting parent forums this year covering topics such as Pressure & Expectations, Performance Anxiety in Sport & Academics, and Raising Healthy High Achievers in Sport & Academics that are extremely informative with high interaction for optimal learning.

“Is parental pressure always harmful?” is one of the questions we are often asked.  Here’s our response from an article posted earlier in the year…

The formula for Performance is defined as: Performance = Potential – Interference.

One of the greatest personal dilemmas that interferes with optimal performance and negates an athlete’s true potential in their sport is […]

Train Your Brain Like You Train Your Body

Train your brain like you train your body.
This is not a new piece of advice nor is it particularly sexy, but it has merit when it comes to getting your brain ready to perform when it counts.
However, training your brain is something to avoid getting blazé about given the increasing body of knowledge about our brain’s neuroplasticity.
Whilst there are numerous psychological skills and strategies that we teach and loads of variety in the application of these skills, the basics still stick.
Basics in any field are worth remembering, and more importantly, fostering.  The basics apply for athletes of all levels, particularly if you are an athlete embarking on a career in elite sport.
Before getting into the basics there is a […]

Pressure & Expectations: Is parental pressure always harmful?

Come along to our next parent forum in Singapore delivered by Jay-Lee!  It is a great opportunity to gather with like-minded parents to:

discuss current issues on the topic,
examine what the research is telling us, and
learn strategies for enhancing parent involvement in sport that boosts confidence and reduces anxiety in our athletes.

Here’s what people are saying about our past parent forums:
“The forum on perfectionism was very insightful.  Perfectionism may come across as a good trait but the forum built awareness on how it could be crippling in certain scenarios.  The forum helped me identify certain signs that manifested in a perfectionist.  Dr Jay-Lee also helped in understanding the thought process and phases one would go through.  I am better equipped to […]

Is Your Brain Healthy?

There is so much information about how to keep your body healthy, including fad diets, exercise trends, and the like. It is quite normal and acceptable, and even admired to follow these trends with the idea of looking after your body.
What about your brain?
There is an increasing awareness about mental health issues but often the focus is on fixing poor mental health rather than aiming for thriving levels of wellbeing.  As mentioned in a previous blog post, if you consider your brain like a muscle, some of the mystery and fear of the unknown that seems to lie around the brain and psychology is lost in lieu of something more powerful – the ability to care for your brain […]