ONE-ON-ONE MENTAL TOUGHNESS CONSULTATIONS ON SKYPE
Talk to Dr.G one-on-one
let him personally coach you through that slump, block or performance fear
so you can develop mental toughness and reach new heights in your sport.
Many performance problems are rooted in past athletic injuries or upsetting sports experiences that get stored in the mind and body. Dr. G. is one of the only sports performance consultants who views these events as important in addressing and effectively resolving the performance problem to help you regain your lost skills and perform like a champion again.
When you compete… Are you your own worst enemy? Does your head seem to always get in the way of your performance? Do negative thinking, self-doubts & excessive nervousness tie you up in knots? Are performance fears and blocks preventing you from moving up to the next level? Have you suddenly lost the ability to perform like your old self?
If your answer to any of these questions is "yes,” then I can help you get back to performing like your old self again, and probably even better than ever. As an internationally known expert working with sports performance problems, I specialize in helping athletes across all sports and at every level who are struggling with seemingly mysterious, repetitive performance problems. I help athletes better understand where these problems come from and how to get unstuck. As your very own personal head coach, I will teach you how to get yourself back on track, develop mental toughness, and avoid future mental traps.
If you have a performance difficulty
or you're consistently underachieving
call me today.
Most repetitive performance problems are a result of past upsetting physical and emotional experiences that are often directly related to your sport. These include injuries, concussions, scary close calls, collisons as well as emotionally upsetting events like choking, letting the team down or being yelled at or mistreated by a coach. We automatically memorize these upsetting experiences, and long after they have been forgotten, the physical and emotional components of these upsetting events remain in our system. The next time we are in any way reminded of these upsets, (i.e. having to play on the same field or in similar weather conditions) or you're under pressure, then components from the original experience, (images, emotions, physical sensations, fear, and negative thinking) break into consciousness and suddenly, and for no apparent reason, we start feeling a sense of danger inside.
When our nervous system senses this danger, then our biology as mammals takes over. What does this mean? The most important thing to mammals is SURVIVAL and when we're threatened, either externally or internally, our nervous system will automatically click into self-protective response. The most powerful reflex in our body is self-protection and because of that, our need to stay safe will easily trump any trained performance skills. Most people understand this self-protective reflex as FIGHT or FLIGHT. However, when we're on the blocks for the start of a race, in the batter's box or on the mound ready for the pitch or getting set to throw a pass, shoot a shot or serve, you can't really fight or flee. So, when any mammal is in a position of danger and the self-protective responses of fight or flight are blocked, then there is a third, default survival option that automatically clicks in: The FREEZE response and suddenly we can't get our body to do what it knows how to do. We can't get ourselves to swim, ski or run faster, go for the roundoff-backhandspring-backtuck, throw the reverse and a half, be aggressive on the mat, throw the ball back to the pitcher or make the play at first!
Without knowing it, the athlete is struggling with what I call repetitive sports performance problems, (RSPP's). I help the athlete resolve these RSPPs by teaching them effective tecniques that will help them perform like their old self!
These techniques will help them:
- Recognize and understand the role that they may have been playing in keeping themselves stuck. Some slumps are a result of bad conscious “mental strategies.” That is, you concentrate on the wrong things, make the wrong pictures in your mind and use confidence-eroding self-talk before & during your performance. If these "mental mechanics” are off, you can be one of the best athletes in the world and you'll still perform badly! Mental toughness is enhanced by learning to recognize all these more conscious, mental mistakes.
- Avoid the “trying harder” trap. Athletes get to where they are by working hard. If something is causing a performance problem, the typical athlete will just put more effort into solving the problem. While this problem solving strategy may work when it comes to learning new technique or getting over a bad habit, it has the opposite effect when the problems are related to your mental mechanics. The normal frustrations that arise when you're slumping tend to cause the athlete to try too hard. However, peak performance can only happen when you're completely relaxed and letting the performance happen. ”Trying harder" or forcing yourself to play better is the game of diminishing returns: The harder you try the worse you'll do.
- Get unstuck! It doesn't matter if you're a batter in a slump, a swimmer or runner who goes faster in practice than in the big races, a gymnast, diver or skater who is blocked by fears or a particular skill, a soccer, lacrosse or football player who can't seem to let go of his mistakes, a basketball player who can't seem to find his jump shot or any struggling athlete in any sport. The aim of this third step is to not just help you eliminate the problem, but to leave you with the mental toughness skills which will help you avoid these kinds of difficulties in the future. Simply put, when you're done with your training with me you'll be far more mentally tougher than when you started.
Skype sessions with Dr.G will have you back on track and performing to your potential.
"Dr. G... I don't even know where to start. This man literally changed (and saved) my life. I recently graduated from a D1 university in Ohio where I was a pole vaulter for 5 years. I had pole vaulted since 7th grade until one day, it became impossible. I had been out the year before due to an ACL reconstruction, but I didn't know it would become mentally impossible for me to complete a jump. I literally could not get myself to pole vault. I would run through continuously, get frustrated, my coach would yell, I would be at a loss for why an elite pole vaulter like myself couldn't even take a jump up and just thinking about pole vault gave me an anxiety attack. That's when my mom found Dr. G and after a few sessions with him, I knew he knew what he was doing. He was the only person that I felt like knew exactly what I was going through. He had dealt with other 'extreme sport' athletes and so my behaviors didn't phase him a bit. I went from absolutely panicking at the thought of pole vault, to completing practices and meets and rarely running through, setting a personal best for indoor, moving up poles, and placing at the outdoor conference meet. If you aren't a pole vaulter - these are big deals! The skills he taught me I will use for a lifetime. If you are struggling in your sport, as frustrating as it is, I promise if you give Dr. G a try, he will change your life. He is 100% worth the money. I would never wish an athletic struggle on anyone, especially those in college, but going through this mental training has been one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Dr. G, I can't thank you enough!!" Lexi, OH.
"I want to thank you again for all your help over the course of my career. I wouldn't have been able to get where I am today without your help in "clean the crap out". It has been like night and day since we started working back in college and I really feel it has been one of the biggest things that has contributed to my success as a professional." Colin, MD
"Just prior to working with Dr. G, my confidence was at an all-time low. I couldn't throw strikes and I was on the verge of giving up on my lifelong goal of playing professional baseball, and to be honest I have to say that I was a bit skeptical that any of this “mental stuff” could really help me. After a number of sessions with Alan he helped me recover my total confidence, focus better and stay calm under pressure. This led to my best year ever as a college pitcher and I am now realizing my dream of playing professional ball with the Atlanta Braves organization." Mike Roberts, MA
"I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all you did to help me. It was really remarkable the progress that I made, it seemed as if I was a whole different swimmer. I'm not going to lie, I was very apprehensive doing these lessons to start. I was frustrated, not having fun anymore and I'd overthink everything! Honestly you really turned me around. I'm much happier. You taught me to enjoy the moment, and to have fun. I was able to take all this pressure off myself and have this carefree but ready to go attitude. I learned how to be in "good nervous" before my races! I now have more faith in myself than I have ever had before! Thank you for all your help, I truly couldn't have done it without you!" :) Sarah, NJ
What will you learn? Depending on your particular problems you'll develop the following mental strategies: How to recognize and avoid the mental traps that catch most athletes; How to effectively handle and master performance fears; How to tune down your nervous system. How to deal with self-doubts and negative thinking so that they do not negatively effect your performance; How to quickly rebound from mistakes, errors, bad calls & bad breaks; Confidence building strategies; Staying calm the nights before and day of a big competition; How to concentrate on what's important and block everything else out; How to use mental rehearsal to effectively prepare for big performances, master fears and handle pressure; Maintaining winning motivation when the going gets tough; Using goal setting to lift the level of your training; and more!
"Ashley and I wanted to thank you for all your help. She made the Regional team and for once played in try-outs the way she knows she's capable of. She told me that she didn't make herself nervous and the tools that you taught her worked like a charm. While I'm thrilled that she's playing good soccer again, as a mother the more important thing is that she's happy again and feeling good about herself. Thanks for everything."
- B.L. mother of 15-year old soccer player, MI.
"Dr. G. I have noticed a marked improvement in Charlene's attitude on many different levels. Not only sailing, but her schoolwork and now her running. I am very pleased with what I have seen and credit your working with her to guide her. She has a newly found focus and drive that is terrific!"
-D.H., Florida, father of 14-year old sailor
"I just want you to know how much we appreciate what you have done for Kaye. She had such a great Championships and this was after having a major disappointment in her first event. In the past this would have set the tone for the whole meet and Kaye would have let it bring her down. Not this time! She knew exactly how to let her disappointment go and her attitude was amazing. She said that you taught her how to be mentally tough and now we can really see it! You've helped Kaye so much and we can't thank you enough!"
-K. M., mother of 16-year-old swimmer
"Dr. Goldberg. After the 5 sessions my son spent with you last winter his performance improved dramatically. David began getting more out of his practices. His race performance slump came to a rapid end! His grades improved as his power of concentration increased. As we start the new season I am confident that David will continue to make excellent use of the mental toughness tools you've taught him. Thanks ever so much for all your help. We have a completely new kid in the house!"
-D.M., Missouri, mother of track and field athlete
or you're consistently underachieving
call me today. I can help!