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What is Mental Conditioning?

WHAT IS MENTAL CONDITIONING?

Mental conditioning is a dynamic process of self-awareness and mental skills training that works to help performers and groups optimize thinking in order to optimize performance. Mental skills affect our performance whether we want them to or not. For example, in an intense pressure situation, confidence is going to be a key ingredient for success. So mental conditioning will help to ensure that we are better able to manage and maintain confidence in that clutch situation. 

For the individual performer:
It’s about going from good to great. More importantly, mental conditioning helps performers

  1. Understand what their great looks like and what gets them there
  2. Learn how to use mental training and preparation to get great performance more consistently
  3. More effectively manage challenges, obstacles, and pressure

Essentially, it involves learning how to condition your mind to make sure you are able to do the right things at the right times in order to get your best performance no matter what the circumstances.
Getting your best performance requires working on and improving your mental game…how you prepare for, think about, react to, and evaluate performance situations. Mental  conditioning can help individual performers improve the quality, effectiveness, and  efficiency of their training  and performance.
Whether you’re trying to get back to the performance you once had (performance restoration) or improve your performance closer to your full potential (performance enhancement), mental conditioning gives you the tools to put you in a better position to succeed.

For groups and teams: 
Mental conditioning helps team members and leaders better understand the dynamics of the group and learn how to more effectively work together to achieve group goals. The goal is to help everyone get on the same page, which is essential if the team is going to reach and consistently perform up its full potential.
Some key areas of focus for groups include…

  1. Outlining a clear and consistent vision, purpose, and identity for the group
  2. Identifying group goals and plans to achieve them
  3. Aligning individual goals and roles with the aims of the group
  4. Resolving and working through conflict
  5. Optimizing the group processes and system

Example  mental conditioning topics:

· 
Motivation/Purpose

· Goals

· Focus/Attention/Concentration

· Practice/Performance Preparation

· Imagery/Visualization

· Energy Management & Regulation

· Biofeedback Training

· Dealing With Pressure/Anxiety/Burnout

· Composure/Emotional Control

· Communication

· Teambuilding/Team Cohesion

· Mental Toughness

· Self Awareness/Performance Profiling

· Leadership

· Quality Practice

· Confidence Building

· Learning From Mistakes

· Self-Talk/Thought Management

· Mindfulness

· Dealing With & Recovering from Injury

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