Mental Routines

Sport Psychology Interview with Isaac Byrd

Recently I was interviewed by ex-NFL player Isaac Byrd on his Unlocking the Minds of Athletes podcast.  Isaac does great job interviewing professionals in the field, and I was honored to be a part of it.

Check it out here.

Quote: Henry Ford…Anything being possible

2 things to listen for: 1st, Brian talks about the importance of having awareness that a strong mentality is just as important as a strong body and 2nd, he mentions 3 key components to be aware of that will immediately help your mental-game.

Scenario: He details certain techniques athletes can use to keep a strong and positive mindset when dealing with a major injury.

Training Round: He talks about a technique he teaches his athletes called ‘Filtered Listening’ and he goes into great detail about what that is and how you can use it in any sport.

One Shot at a Time

Most golfers know that to play well an important, if not the most important part, is to focus on playing one shot at a time and not get ahead of yourself and count the victory or score. This is not just true for golf, but can be applied to any competitive sport.

It’s one thing to know this and another to do it.  In a recent article, Professional Golfer Ben Crane, after winning a tournament talked about how he set his goals this year to develop and focus on a process for hitting each shot, not winning.

There are a couple of ways that you can begin training your mind to do this.  Next time out, keep track on your scorecard with a system of a plus or minus to identify whether you followed your swing routine.  A second method is to rate your focus on each shot on a scale of 1 to 5.  Either way or any combination will help remind you to stay focused on one shot at a time.  Do this each time out and your mind will become more disciplined to this way of playing.

From Oregonian, April 2, 2010:
But the victory and rewards were less important to Crane than each shot he executed. 

“My goals look very different that winning,” Crane said. “I used to think I wanted to win, and now I realize that for me, it’s not about winning, and if I’m thinking about winning, then I’ve missed the boat.”

So what is he thinking about? Crane says his sole focus on the course is the process he goes through in hitting each shot.

“I have certain things — I guess you could call them checklists or progressions — that I go through […]

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