Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most often runners come to me because they are not improving, have set new goals (times or distances) to pursue and want to optimize their chances of reaching them, or need the straight scoop on fads or all the advertising and misleading information printed about training, racing and recovery.
My mental game clients come from all sports and are typically high end amateurs or beginning professionals looking for the edge they need to be more competitive and more consistent. Typical presenting issues include dealing with competition anxiety/stress/pressure/composure, distractions, loss of focus, dealing with disappointments/losses/injuries, getting the most out of practice, finding their motivation, handling emotional moments, dealing constructively with coaches, teammates, parents and others.
I also do team building work for entire teams looking for the competitive edge, build team esprit de corps, develop themes for the season.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Mental game athlete just made the USA national synchronized swim team.
Mental toughness success with new Boston Marathon qualifier.
Completed mental game coaching for:
2 top ranked youth golfers;
a new MMA fighter;
a nationally ranked youth race kart driver (now #1 in nation);
a top 25 motocross rider;
a nationally ranked freshman college runner (now part of national championship team)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be sure your mental game coach has the background to work with you. Most important however is that the athlete and the coach must mesh. Rapport is essential for the relationship to be the most constructive and beneficial.
Don't get nickeled and dimed to death - be sure to ask what availability the coach has and at what price! For instance, I have unlimited phone and email contact as part of my contracts because I believe that my athlete's success is my success. I need to be there for them.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Mental game training is based in sports psychology but it is not about "fixing" someone nor is it about "counseling". Mental game trainers focus on performance related mindsets that lead the athlete to peak performances combined with their physical preparation.
The concepts, principles and research is envelopes a wide range of psycho-social elements. The techniques and strategies are grounded in the research and application of sports psychology as proven effective at the highest levels of competition: professional, Olympic, elite in all sports.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. For mental game training - it takes commitment not just to learn but to USE all that you are taught. Learning is not doing. Only by "doing" do we integrate our mental game into our performances.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My passion for what I do and for making a difference in my athletes' lives separates me from others. I do not look at what I do as a job. It is my life. I live it.