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Friday, October 28, 2011

YEAH! IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD!!





This old blog was inspired by the number of athletes going through rehabilitation after ACL surgery. I am often called for second opinions on ACL outcomes. I know that athletes are scared, anxious, nervous to return to sport. I would be. So yes, it is in your head and those feelings and fears should be validated. If it is in your 'head' you are right. ALL matter of athletic performance starts in your head. If you can't see yourself excelling in 'your head' then you will surely fail. My experience with hundreds of these cases affirms this. My job, when I get a case, as aforementioned, is to talk to them MORE about what is in their head and less about the ACL. It has never failed me;though its never easy, they ultimately return to extraordinary performance. They seemed relieved or shocked that I am addressing, what is really a matter of confidence, to be able to play at optimal levels. It does not matter if you are a professional or not. That fear of optimal performance is ominipresent and THAT is all in your HEAD and very real.
Anyway, read on...

Several years ago I attended a leadership workshop called the LANDMARK FOURM. Intense and revealing approach to leadership. Former President Bill Clinton had taken the course some years before me. Anyhow, during day 3 we talked about PC, persistent complaints. We were told to write down our PC and share what we wrote with another (we did not know this in advance). We were told to read our complaint  over and over till the leadership 'coaches' said switch, where we then listen our partners PC.

After we stopped they wanted us to listen to a recording that would bring more clarity as too why we were doing this. We hear this cracking sound like an old dusty album playing. Then the sound of music that sounded like somehting from a nursery rhyme........It was 'OLD MACDONALD!

I got to admit I thought 'wtf!'- but wait for it, wait for it..............................................the coaches then said to us, after listening to the classic farmers lament,"'pigs oink, cows moo, the coaches said and "humans complain!!!"

So YEAH! IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD!! We set up obstacles, or PC's in our head as to why we are not getting results; we all got'em running in our head everyday. Whats' yours and is it keeping you from where you want to be?



"Why do people say "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!" -Betty White




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