4 Mandatory Mindsets for Wrestlers

Pre-Competition 1. I don’t care who I go against, I want everyone. I go after the tougher opponent. I live for the challenge. The best defense is a good offense right? Same thing with your mindset. If you seek the challenge and look for tougher opponents, you’re not worried about competing against someone good. You…

Driving with the Emergency Brake?

Imagine driving a high performance car, say a Lamborghini, on a race track. You start the car and you begin to drive. You give it more gas,You shift the gears, Your speed climbs. You feel your car moving faster and faster until all of a sudden…you hit a plateau. Your speed remains constant well below…

Overcome Laziness

Why are people lazy? Again, we must go back to motivation. The root word in motivation is motive. To understand any behavior or attitude, you must first consider the two basic human motives. When you boil it all down the two human motives are (1) Avoid Pain (2) Gain Pleasure. Your mind links pleasure and/or…

Pull the Trigger

To sum up Sport/Performance Psychology in a 3 word sentence- Pull the trigger! This is analogous to the Nike slogan of “Just Do It.” However, I like “pull the trigger” because it commands the most attention and includes a sense of urgency. When it comes right down to it, you are faced with one major…

Exercises to Improve Confidence

*List your 10 greatest accomplishments in wrestling (competition or practice). If there aren’t 10 in wrestling, then include life to show yourself you are good at things you put your mind to. You have succeeded before and it will come again. *Make a highlight reel if you can, and play it twice a week. *Make…

Building Unstoppable Confidence

Confidence is so important to our success I have decided to do at least a 3 part series. What can we do to build Unstoppable Confidence? A different approach to building confidence is taken from behavioral theorists (a major branch of psychology). It may be common sense that the body listens to the mind. If…

Ditch Your Excuses Now

My high school wrestling coach, the great Steve Giordano (NJ State Champ & college All-American) would always tell us, “never give yourself an excuse to lose.” You do not want anything holding you back when you compete. If you choose to compete, If you choose to do anything, you must eliminate all excuses. In Sport…

How to Regain Control of your Energy

Think back to the moments leading up to a big competition or performance. Think about the atmosphere in the locker room. Think about how people moved around. Before a competition or performance you tend to see a lot of nervous energy. People fidget and pace. They develop idiosyncratic quirks and twitches. They develop a tunnel…