Remember WHY you are doing what you do- "I love racing and I love competing!"-Dana Vollmer after qualifying for the 100m Butterfly. She also competed at 2000 Olympic Trials at age 12 - the youngest person to ever swim at the meet. (video from NBC)

I had the pleasure of meeting my favorite sports psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais and Seattle Seahawk's head coach, Pete Carroll today in Los Angeles. Can't wait to share more of what I learned with athletes I work with this summer and fall!

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This video clearly shows the importance of imagery training. Including all the senses is important to make it as real as possible.…/10000…/olympics-lowell-bailey.html

When the pressure starts to build, Lowell Bailey wonders: “Can I do this?” Then he looks at the snow ahead and imagines himself as a bow with an arrow drawn, ready to accelerate.
Merrick Mental Game Coaching updated their cover photo.
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'Tis the season

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Parents, and the relentless pursuit of athletic scholarships, can cause a difficult environment for high-school coaches to survive in. And many have decided it’s not worth the effort.

To say I love this article is an understatement ... exactly why I'm passionate about helping students/athletes succeed.

To play a greater game, NFL teams are turning to mindfulness, a psychological process of being intensely aware of what you are feeling and sensing at every moment.
To play a greater game, NFL teams are turning to mindfulness, a psychological process of being intensely aware of what you are feeling and sensing at every moment.

Watched my nephew’s last college football game today. These young men will never be on the field together again. We know it’s not all about wins and losses. May every athlete take the many lessons learned on the field into their prospective future careers.

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Working with a team and a couple individuals lately where this question is being asked over and over:

What can you do to help your team?

If you aren't getting the playing time you'd like or playing a specific position, are you ok in helping the team vs getting what you want.

What athlete doesn't need to improve with awareness? A few more spots are left for the Mindful Athletes workshop. Thursday, September 14 & 21, 7-8pm at the Camarillo Community Center. Register here:…/…/mindful-athletes/25925

Want to increase focus and heighten awareness? NBA player Le Bron James does it. NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers does it. Gold Olympic medalist soccer player Carli Lloyd does it. Learn basic mindfulness and visualization techniques to help you with your sport.

How can being a mindful athlete help improve performance?

That was the focus during my talk today for the Westmont Cross Country team in Santa Barbara.

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Looking forward to teaching these workshops this fall! Link in comments.

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Had the pleasure of speaking to the Ventura High School football team moms today. One of the things I discussed was asking their son, "What's the one thing they can focus on today?" Run faster, compliment or encourage a teammate, ask coach to explain something, be aware of their self talk ...the list is goes on.

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From 1st place to 5th by "lack of concentration" because she looked at the big screen.…/shaunae-miller-uibo-world-athletic…

Shaunae Miller-Uibo has revealed the reasons behind her dramatic 400m breakdown after recovering to make 200m final

Love how this dad gave his daughter a lacrosse stick in 5th grade, though he never played. It's ok to play more than one sport when you younger and specialize in one later. Congrats to Sydney for being The Star's Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

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Speaking to a high school football team today. Unlikely I will even get to #3 today...

How you talk to yourself matters.

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"When I was in fourth grade, my teacher asked the class to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wrote, 'I want to play goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks.' My grandparents still have the sheet of paper at their house."

Regardless of the sport-Athletes and parents, save this one to read when you can.…/ct-scott-darling-players-tr…

Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling recapped his winding career, including a stint in rehab recovering from alcohol abuse, for The Players' Tribune.