Congratulations to SPMI athlete Natasha Subhash who recently won the 2018 Citi Open Wild Card Challenger. Natasha, who is currently ranked #46 in the junior world rankings, earned a wild card into the Citi Open, a professional tennis tournament in Washington DC. Natasha is also playing in this year's Junior Wimbledon. Mental Toughness is a key attribute to her success and we look forward to continuing to help Natasha reach her full potential on the big stage.
One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is the mistake of giving away their power. Think of power as an actual ball of energy that you carry with you wherever you go. This ball of energy is filled with confidence, positivity, maximum focus, and an ability to keep fighting no matter what happens. When athletes lose focus, what they are doing is passing their ball of energy or "power" to someone or something else.
Below are some examples of when athletes and teams give away their power.
Top athletes all share one successful mental skill that separates them from the rest of the field, a highly skilled ability to control and shift their focus from internal to external and from external to internal during the right moments. At SPMI, athletes are taught how to properly shift their focus as well as how to maximize each type of focus for all moments of performance. Internal focus is based on the athlete’s cognitions or thoughts. Internal focus is best used by the athlete when learning a new skill or dealing with a new discovery.
Ever get so overwhelmed before competing that it causes you to underperform? Sometimes it’s more about distracting yourself before competition than focusing on it. Distractions can serve as useful tools in protecting our mind from becoming overwhelmed before competing. As athletes, we often experience overwhelming thoughts and feelings due to our fears of failure, disappointment, and expectations from our self and others, and even that once in a lifetime shot at achieving our dreams.
#1 Question Junior Tennis Players Ask about Losing…….
In this article I want to share a few of the best athlete documentaries that allow the viewer to see and feel how mentally tough a successful professional athlete must be in order to make it. One of the biggest set backs of many athletes is their ability to stop pushing for more and start making excuses for their lack of progress. After watching these two documentaries I hope that at least some of the athletes and their support team will have a new and more positive perspective on training and what it takes to reach their own goals.
The Powerful Benefits of Adding Music to Sports Training
Music is a powerful tool used by many athletes to help get them into the perfect mindset for training and competing. The question is, just how powerful is music to an athlete’s performance? The answer for many athletes is VERY.