It takes time, effort and resilience to achieve peak performance in the face of a diverse set of challenges and setbacks – and this is where mental toughness training can help.
Individuals and groups that are serious about performance make large sacrifices and undergo significant stress and even suffering, to achieve greatness in their chosen field. So it makes sense to make sure you have plenty of support. A sport and performance psychologist can help you get the boost you need by:
- Developing Mental Skills – honing focus, increasing motivation, improving communication and self-talk, growing self-confidence and harnessing emotions.
- Improving practice, preparation and planning – practice like you play, goal-getting, performance profiling, time management.
- Counselling – opening up about your performance world and history; explore and find meaning or resolution around difficult experiences like injury or future challenges, improve coping.
I am trained in the scientific field of sport and exercise psychology, and provide a range of support services to meet the diverse challenges faced by those who are committed to the pursuit of excellence.
Develop your Mental Toughness
Sport and Performance Psychology can be utilised to develop your mental toughness and hone its faculties for peak performance, regardless of the presence of a psychological problem or barrier. It’s about building strong minds stronger!
Unfortunately there is a misconception that sadly limits many athletes with great potential, they believe: “Sport and performance psychology is only for those in a bad headspace or those who have had a significant physical or psychological setback”.
Although sport and performance psychology can be effective in overcoming mental barriers, it can also be utilised to build mental toughness/resilience and in doing so, build confidence and improve performance in training and under pressure.
We call this Positive Psychology because it is not just aimed at those with significant mental illness or psychological disorders.
Ask yourself …
- Do you only hit the gym when your muscles feel weak?
- Do you only stretch when your muscles feel tight?
- Do you only practice when your skills are rusty?
- Do you only eat healthily when you lack energy?
Of course not!
Achieve Peak Performance
Similar to the other disciplines in “The Sport Sciences” that athletes utilise to pro-actively build performance and wellbeing (like personal trainers and nutritionists), sport and performance psychologists represent another avenue of improvement to help you reach your peak.
For more information on how mental toughness training, and other aspects of Sport and Performance Psychology could benefit you, please make an appointment with me.