Sports Psychology: Mental Training Top 3 Tips for Performance in Sports

Sports Psychologist performance tools you can use right away. Do you need a mental training  confidence boost for your workouts and events? Check out my Top 3 Tips for Performance in Sports:


Want to know how you can create Your Performing Edge and reach your goals faster, easier, and get the results you want? Here are my top tips to help you build new motivation, confidence and major breakthroughs in your training and in your life.

1. POSITIVE IMAGES: Use your mental images throughout your event or workout to create feelings of speed and power. (e.g., If you’re walking or running and you come to an unexpected hill visualize a magnet pulling you effortlessly to the top). Use visualization before, during and after your training to build confidence and new motivation.

2. POWER WORDS: Make positive self-statements continually. Be aware of your negative thoughts early on. Don’t fight with them; simply acknowledge their presence, and then substitute positive power words. (e.g., When you’re thinking: “This hurts too much, I want to lie down and die”; say to yourself: “This feeling is connected with getting healthier and doing my absolute best”).

3. PRESENT FOCUS: Practice being in the present moment. Be Right On – Right Here – Right Now. Remind yourself to stay in the here and now. Let past and future events fade into the background. Remember, the only moment we can do anything about is the one we’re in right now.

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Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, is CEO of Performing Edge Coaching International Association, ( ) a global resource and Certification Training Program for coaches, and founder of the premiere sports psychology resource for athletes, coaches and sports parents. Dr. JoAnn is best-selling author of YOUR PERFORMING EDGE™, ( ) on OPRAH and NBC-TV, Stanford Performance Consultant, sports psychologist to OLYMPIC Gold Medalists and CEOs, winner of the San Francisco Marathon and 2nd in the World Championship Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. She is Host of the internationally syndicated TV Show – “Your Performing Edge”, an internationally recognized Keynote Speaker, columnist, and TV expert commentator. Dr. JoAnn provides sports psychology, mental training and Performing Edge Coach Certification programs for coaches, parents and young athletes to reach their highest potential in sports and life. Call 650-654-5500 to apply for your FREE peak performance consultation. FREE Private Mentoring program at