Top performers must find their purpose. This is a key finding from studying habits which produce best results.
When life gets tough, we often takes breaks from reality until we feel more ready to go back into battle. But do those breaks really help?
If you believe that you can do something – is that enough? No. Never. Not a chance.
There is a big difference between making a PB and doing your best today.
In order for you to make the most of your PROOF Planner, here is a brief run through the pages.
To improve focus during performance, you must train your recharge efficiency.
More than a decade ago, I had the most wonderful race ever but I was in last place […]
For anyone needing to mix up their training routine due to boredom, frustration or coming back after a break, I have created a new daily project for you.
I have coached hundreds of people over the years with each person thanking me in their own special […]
As athletes, we are constantly working on our technique and looking for the latest and greatest gadgets to improve our results. There is something however which can produce huge benefits and it is free.
Without a target, you will miss at success. Goal setting is crucial to improving your performance, but always remember that your arrows matter too.
If you believe that you are NOT ready for a competition, then everything in your body and mind will act that way too. A lack of confidence will make your technique crumble and your race day miserable. So what can you do to be ready?
Most athletes do not have a private coach. There might be a team coach depending on your sport or age group but most of us are going it alone. And it is tough.
Lifestyle changes only occur when those changes fit and stick to what you are already doing. A new habit needs a buddy other than your mates, co-workers, or family. Those relationships are already sufficiently complicated without adding more into the mix. Your habit buddy is simply a tactic that works by encouraging your new but timid habit to buddy up with an existing but more experienced one. Long term success is yours when you realise that it is not you having to stick to the new habit rather it is you finding how to make that new habit stick to you.
Competition confidence is possible despite what you might think or feel right now. Many performers begin to panic […]
When you are performing, you need to become your own lifeguard. You need to know what to do, […]
Whatever spark got you started in your sport it is unique to you and it should always be […]
For too many people, the true answer to why they are not winning is due to bad choices. Simply put – people choose not to win. Excuses are people choosing not to win. Believing that taking first place is the only acceptable victory is choosing not to win. Deciding that your best is not good enough is choosing not to win.
Another flight and another seat mate stuck in the centre wanting to talk. Worst of all he was a coach […]
I have decided that one of my daily POMODOROS will now be a squishy one. Simply put, of all the things I need to do each day, I will choose the most disgusting, rotten, smelly thing and just do it instead of pushing it over until tomorrow.
So take one thing. Choose a pomodoro worth of work. Stop waiting for a better time to do it and just get it done now.
My heart is saying I don’t understand or accept or desire it enough to do it now. My brain just needs to figure out why. Stop looking for another reason more complex than fearing the truth.
It’s Monday and there are so many things to do today (as always) so a new blog post was not in the cards…
BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENS
Here’s a technique I created to improve my concentration in archery…and it has worked with tennis players and golfers too.
There seems to be three to five specific mechanical movements I need to really emphasize during my shot sequence. My actual POP words have changed over the years but the same routine is used for each and every arrow. Whether in competition or training, being able to protect this routine is a very valuable skill.
Actually I was going to entitle this post dealing with idiots/jerks, but then reconsidered 😉
Everyday, humankind is constantly challenged. Hatred is relearned. Violence spirals like hurricanes from the inside out. We talk […]
First competitions are coming up for the new archers. While I have been competing for decades and absolutely love the buzz …some newbies and some veterans alike are not so inclined.
One specific feeling word that pops up is anxiety. This is a real medical problem for some people when it leads to panic attacks, hyperventilation, and fainting (yes I have been first responder on archery fields with such incidents so be prepared).
Goal setting sucks. There are all these SMART rules (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Timed) and endless worksheets and experts trying to get you excited about finishing something far off in the future. BUT I want to be excited today and I want to be happy about doing it now.
Berlin – December 2011. Women’s scratch. Round of 16. Shoot-off. Me against Maja Jaeger (Denmark). We were tied at 5-5 so it came down to one arrow to see who would progress to next round. I was super cool because I actually did not know she was former World Junior Champion and ranked Top 10 World and an Olympian too. The buzzer sounded. She shot fast. I did not look (I never do) but I heard the crowd cheer… then I shot my arrow and the crowd gasped! It was not until I saw her 9 and my 10 that I realised I won and could move to the next round… where I also beat her compatriot Louise Laursen. The Berlin Open stills remains my favourite competition on the international archery circuit… although for some reason I think it is better for me to avoid Denmark.
This duel was a prime example of what an athlete must do at crunch time…
Think of your To Do List and how much stuff is leftover from yesterday? As you continue to slide down that slippery slope of procrastination… take item #1: