I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.
– Larry Bird
All parents love their children and want what’s best for them. But “best” is a relative term, and sometimes it’s hard for parents to clearly see their kids’ true potential and to offer optimal support, especially in competitive athletics. I don’t know about you, but some of the “best” I’ve tried to give my children has been a little off the mark.
Despite our most fervent prayers, our greatest efforts, and our thoughtful guidance, at times we feel vulnerable, scared, frustrated, and a bit lost when the people we love most are making their way in the world, or are struggling to find joy in a game they’ve worked so hard to master.
I partner with student-athletes and parents to help young people equip themselves to be the highest-functioning version of themselves during practice and during games. On and off the court or the field of play. I want students to learn to embrace the quest for being the best in a way that is empowering and healthy, and in a way that puts athletes in a position to do their best and to know that they’ve done all they could to excel.
If you know and understand the current climate of competitive youth sports, you know it can become toxic and hurtful to ourselves as parents and to our student-athletes. I enjoy teaching students and parents how to navigate this culture in a way that makes them stronger and more capable.
As an athletic mental strength coach, I coach student-athletes to accurately and consistently view themselves and their circumstances from a position of proactive strength. Using a variety of interviewing and conversation styles and techniques, I meet students where they are and lead them to where they want to go.
Does your student-athlete practice one way and play another way? Has his or her love of the game diminished and become a chore? Do you find yourself wondering if this is all worth it? Are the mental expectations and emotional needs of your student-athlete getting the best of him or her? Do you often hear your child’s self-talk move to “I can’t” and “I’ll never” or worse? It’s possible the stress which has the potential to motivate them is holding your child back instead. Your child can learn to turn this around, accessing a healthy perspective so he or she can enjoy competing to his or her fullest capacity.
Please consider calling me for a consultation to see if I may be the right fit to coach your child.