Dr. Hale has launched Headfirst mental coaching and mentoring programs in Canada.
Cognitive (Psychological or Mental) and Emotional skills go hand in hand with the training required to perform at your best. This is true in business, school, sport, and ones personal life. Mental skills are essential for maximizing sporting performance. With over a decade of experience Dr. Hale has found top performing athletes exhibit a majority of the following skills:
· Activation control (Relaxation / psych up)
· Attention control
· Balance (sport / life)
· Confidence & Drive to excel
· Communication skills
· Discipline & Responsibility / ownership of their performances
· Focus Game / race / training
· Goal setting
· Imagery / visualization
· Monitoring (race / self / strategy)
· Positive self-image
· Self-talk (positive / negative)
· Stress minimization
This is by no means an inclusive list. Taking time to talk with Dr. Hale 1:1 will help you to target your strengths and which of these skill need further development. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is an essential first step in consistently performing at your best.
Regularly working on these skills, both separately and within the broader scope of your sport specific training, is an essential part of achieving your potential.
Headfirst mental coaching and mentoring programs are designed to bring out your maximum potential by first exploring, and understanding a variety of mental skills, and then by refining and knowing when and how to employ your mental tool kit in practice and competition.