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How To Handle Performance Anxiety

performance anxietyAthletes and Professionals who consistently perform well have found ways to turn nervous energy into a powerful source of inner strength and confidence. They have learned how to shift from a worried mind to an attitude of sharpened confidence and focus, both in sport and other aspects of their lives.

Research from top athletes shows that virtually all performers experience high levels of pre-competitive anxiety. Most athletes can direct their focus and energy on the task at hand. They learn how to say to themselves, Im nervous, and this is the way I feel before every great performance.

So how can you develop the ability to fine- tune your energy level to achieve  your ideal performance state? How can you turn your excitement into a powerful and positive energy source that will maximize your talent and skill? Here are some simple tools to help you remain cool and focused during competition: breathe deeply, with each inhale say, Im breathing in strength, with each exhale say, Im breathing out tension. Accept nervousness as your friend, it’s a good sign that you are ready to go. It’s important to be able to distinguish the feeling of being worried , and being psyched and ready for the challenge. Remind yourself that you are well prepared, well-trained, rested, and ready to do your best. Mentally rehearse your event and go over in your mind exactly how you want it to go. You are off to a great start! go for it!

 

Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in sports psychology, sports mental toughness training, high performance sports training and peak performance sports training for women and men. Her specialty lies in team tennis sports psychology and power mental tennis training, but incorporates applied sports psychology to any peak performance athlete she works with.

 

Amy works as an accredited career, business and sports life coach in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities of Penn Valley, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

 

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Living In The Moment

Why is it that we often find ourselves unable to be in the moment? We tend to think about what happened in the past, and worry about the future. In order to make significant changes in our life, we need to let go of the past and make way for a new beginning. Creating a New Life Story for ourselves is achieved by finding something meaningful to attach to. Combining your skills, interests , and strengths is a great way to propel yourself forward.

” You must have dreams and goals if you are ever going to achieve anything in this world.” – Lou Holtz. As Gary Mack states in his book Mind Gym, believe in the power of your dream, then A.C.T backward. Accept your present state. Create your desired state. Take action through goal setting.

 

Life is all about being able to enjoy the journey. Look around and notice all the meaningful things in your life with a sense of gratitude. Your health, family, friends, and open opportunities that await you. Live it now, and the rest will happen!

Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in sports psychology, sports mental toughness training, high performance sports training and peak performance sports training for women and men. Her specialty lies in team tennis sports psychology and power mental tennis training, but incorporates applied sports psychology to any peak performance athlete she works with.

Amy works as an accredited career, business and sports life coach in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities of Penn Valley, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

 

How Do You Get What You Want?

When you begin to guide your focus and mental images in positive ways, you can create what you want in your life.  You  have to create a picture in the mind’s eye, and imagine what it would be like to accomplish it. Then you can map out a path that will lead you  where you want to go.  Step into that image, and apply your knowledge and drive towards turning it into a reality.

” Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein. When you begin to guide your focus and mental images in positive ways, you can create a better you in all aspects of your life. Mental imagery provides an opportunity for you to prepare effectively with challenges or problems in your life before you confront them. By using your mental images in positive ways, you can enter different performances or competitions,feeling that you have been there before.

 

One of the reasons mental imagery can be so valuable in performing a task, is that the human brain cannot distinguish between an imagined experience and a real one. Both are equally real to your brain. So when you repeatedly imagine what you want to do, and being what you want to become, you have put yourself on a path of positive future reality.

Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in sports psychology, sports mental toughness training, high performance sports training and peak performance sports training for women and men. Her specialty lies in team tennis sports psychology and power mental tennis training, but incorporates applied sports psychology to any peak performance athlete she works with.

Amy works as an accredited career, business and sports life coach in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities of Penn Valley, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

Having a Positive Perspective

The way you view a situation has a huge impact on your performance. You may encounter events where you don’t have control over them, but you can control your reaction to it. Negative thoughts can exhaust your energy level, and present obstacles. Having a positive state of mind can build motivation, open up new possibilities, and provide a feeling of empowerment to your life. Any situation can appear negative or positive depending on how you choose to look at it.

” You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” Jim Rohn.

 

Personal growth and fulfillment come from allowing yourself to change your focus from negative to positive, from problems to solutions. There are times when we all must perform in the face of adversity, but you still have the power over what you focus on within a situation. Spend your time with supportive people who share your vision, and for those who don’t, view it as a challenge to stay positive.

 

Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in tennis sports psychology, tennis mental toughness training, and tennis team sports training programs. She has been involved in the professional sports and tennis world for the last 25 years as a tennis competitor, team tennis coach, and ambassador for future generations of peak performance athletes to come. Her passion is offering peak performance sports training for women, men, sports teams and business professionals.

 

 

 

 


Creating Goals That Work For You

Goals are essential for making progress in both sport and life, and add direction to your life. They remind us of where we are going, and how we plan to get there. They help us set priorities and learn how to work within a time frame. Why is it that some people reach their objectives while others fall short?  ” You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” Michel Phelps.

Those who succeed consider their responsibilities, such as work and family, and set up a plan that is in line with how much time and effort is available to them. Those who fall short are often unrealistic when they set their goals. Evaluate the importance of your goals, and what you are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them. Goals can help us move closer to our true potential.

Research has shown that people who make their goals public in some way, perform significantly better than those who keep their goals to themselves. Having to be accountable for what you say you are going to do, acts as a motivating factor. Be true to your word and you will be able to achieve what you set out to.

 

Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in tennis sports psychology, tennis mental toughness training, and tennis team sports training programs. She has been involved in the professional sports and tennis world for the last 25 years as a tennis competitor, team tennis coach, and ambassador for future generations of peak performance athletes to come. Her passion is offering peak performance sports training for women, men, sports teams and business professionals.

 

Becoming Our Best

In every pursuit, you can choose to excel or not to excel.You can choose to approach challenging situations in positive ways or in negative ways. Are you going to dwell on the negatives or focus on the positives? These are all your choices, and they directly effect the quality and level of joy in your life.” What is most important is to be willing to risk who we are now for what we might become.” Charles Dubois

Peak Performance is created by  self- understanding, self-acceptance, self-motivation, and self-actualization. What are your intentions for this upcoming year? Be open to new possibilities and go after it!

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Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in sports psychology, sports mental toughness training, high performance sports training and peak performance sports training for women and men. Her specialty lies in team tennis sports psychology and power mental tennis training, but incorporates applied sports psychology to any peak performance athlete she works with.

Amy works as an accredited career, business and sports life coach in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities of Penn Valley, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

Call Amy Haller today for a FREE 30 Minute Consultation 610.246.7194


 

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Amy Haller, Certified Sports Life Coach, provides years of experience in sports psychology, sports mental toughness training, high performance sports training and peak performance sports training for women and men. Her specialty lies in team tennis sports psychology and power mental tennis training, but incorporates applied sports psychology to any peak performance athlete she works with.

Amy works as an accredited career, business and sports life coach in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities of Penn Valley, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and Gladwyn, Pennsylvania.

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