The little things that make a big difference in your athlete's results

Aug 22, 2022

Have you ever been frustrated because your daughter isn’t doing those little things that are going to help her be successful on the field/court and off? 

Like you’re always nagging at her to get those little things done? 

Well, I’m here to help! 

So, this week, I don’t have a tip for you to help your daughter, but just going straight to the punch by asking you to have her try a weekly Mindset Lesson because there is just something about hearing a message from someone else other than our parents.

This week in the Mindset Lesson, we are talking about the little things that make a big difference in your daughter’s results as an athlete (and as a young woman, let’s be honest)!

And, I’ll just tell you what that little thing is that I’m going to teach your daughter about in the lesson. 

It’s Post-Game Journaling. 

Maybe you’re thinking, “Thank goodness, I have Paige to teach this because she’s...

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Your daughter can’t stop thinking about the last mistake she made?

Aug 15, 2022

Does your daughter fixate on the last mistake she made? 

Just can’t shake it? 

Dwelling on it for hours and hours? Even after the whole weekend is over? 

I know it’s probably so frustrating for you to watch her do this.

Mistakes are so hard to get over because nobody WANTS to make a mistake. But, the truth none of us really want to hear is…

Mistakes are going to happen and she has to learn how to get past them so she can play to her full potential. So she can be successful and have the results that she wants, that you want for her!

Easier said than done, right?! 

Here’s a quick and easy question that will get her thinking about shifting her focus away from the mistake…

What has fixating and non-stop thinking about the last mistake you made done for you in the past? 

There are also a few different ways your daughter can work on acknowledging her mistakes, learning from them, and moving through them. Not just getting over it...

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Give your daughter this powerful tool to create confidence before her next game

Aug 08, 2022

If you didn't know already, visualization is an incredibly powerful tool your athlete can use to create confidence before her games. 

But, today, we are going to mix things up with visualization and use another form of it through video and imagery!

Instead of just visualizing and imagining what your daughter wants to happen, seeing her success in her mind, I want you to help her create a Confidence Highlight Reel or Album!

What the heck is a Confidence Highlight Reel or Album?! 

Highlight Reel: Compiled videos and photos of your daughter playing, competing, succeeding in a video through something like TIktok, IG Reels, or other video editing apps! 

Album: Compiled videos and photos of your daughter playing, competing, succeeding saved in a specific album on her phone (or your phone or a tablet). 

How is this going to help your daughter create confidence?!

This is something she can use, look at, watch before her games (in a pre-game routine) as a form of...

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Is your daughter just warming up with her team expecting to be prepared?

Aug 01, 2022

Is your daughter just showing up for warm-ups with her team and expecting to feel confident? 
Is she timid playing?
Does she feel nervous? 
Worried how she might play? 

Are you wondering if she’s going to feel confident? 
Can’t stop pacing while watching her?
Worried if she makes a mistake and can’t bounce back? 

Don’t worry, I’ve got you! 

I used to think that just warming up with my team was enough, but if you truly want to feel unshakeable confidence when you play, it goes deeper than that. 

You can’t just physically prepare, you have to mentally prepare too!

If you want to be the best, you have to go the extra mile (and lucky for you, that’s not running a mile), it’s just using a pre-game routine that also prepares your brain and creates confidence. 

Help your daughter build a pre-game routine (you can even be a part of it too)! 

1 Incorporate the things she already likes to do!

Examples:...

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Get your daughter to start thinking like the best athletes

Jul 25, 2022

After I finished playing college ball, I always wish that I would have asked the best athletes, the successful athletes what the heck they were thinking about! 

Like… wouldn’t that be nice to know?! 

What am I thinking or not thinking about that these athletes are?! 

So, I’m giving you and your daughter a shortcut. I’ve talked to many successful athletes and people too and there are some common themes here.

It’s not like they aren’t afraid or don’t worry or never complain, but they are really good at changing their perspective. Choosing better thoughts. Asking better questions.

Here are some of the common themes…

1 Choosing to think about OPPORTUNITY over FEAR

Example: 

Fear: I better get a hit or we lose.

  Opportunity: Yes! I’ve been waiting and preparing for this moment, I can’t wait to get a hit! 

 

2 Choosing GRATITUDE over COMPLAINTS 

Example: 

Complaint: Ugh, I have to...

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Boost her self confidence with this

Jul 18, 2022

We are talking about loving ourselves! Well, more like your daughter learning how to love herself. 

As athletes, teenagers, adults, as humans, it’s easy to forget to love ourselves.

It’s easy to love on everyone else. Our moms, our dads, our friends, our brothers and sisters (maybe). It’s easy to notice everyone else’s strengths.

It’s hard to tell ourselves what we love about ourselves and what are strengths are.

In my programs and lessons before, we have written love letters to ourselves. I’ve done this many times!

Yep… mushy gushy, beautiful love letters to OURSELVES.

This is super easy, fun, powerful activity to BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE.

So, let’s do it. I mean, do this with your daughter! 

It’s really easy and simple.

Think about if you wrote a nice, appreciative, supportive letter to a friend, family member, or loved one.

Now, put you in it instead.

After the girls have written their letters in the past, I then had...

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What your daughter says to herself matters

Jul 11, 2022

You are what you say you are.

Or… your daughter is what she says she is.

So, if she tells herself crappy, negative, horrible things, she’ll probably show up in life, perform, and compete like those things she just told herself.

I used to tell myself...

I’d never be a great hitter.

I’d never get awards or honors.

I’d never be the starting catcher.

I suck at writing papers.

I am a bad test taker.

There was more... meaner, nastier, crappier thoughts.

I told myself these stories about how I was just a below-average hitter and I only made the lineup because I can catch.

Bull! Excuse my language.

I made the lineup because I worked my off!!

It’s time to put a to these stories we make up or that other people have made up for your daughter. WE get to create what stories we want for US!

This week in Mindset Lessons, we are working on creating the story that we WANT rather than believing the story that other people are telling us or the story we...

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Positive self talk that actually works for your athlete

Jul 04, 2022

I talk a lot about how we can tell ourselves these positive things and be positive, especially in those really hard moments when we just want to tell ourselves crappy things. 

In my program and in weekly Mindset Lessons, I am challenging my girls to practice their positive self-talk. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. 

Duh, practice makes perfect right?! 

Here are some ways that you can help your daughter work on positive self-talk…

  1. Opinions Exercise: Where you write down someone else’s negative opinion of you or your own negative opinion of yourself, CROSS THAT CRAP OUT, then rewrite your own powerful, positive opinion that actually matters because remember, your opinion matters the most! 
  2. Affirmations: These are STRONG, CONFIDENT, POWERFUL “I am ___________” statements. 

My own example: 

I am a strong, beautiful, competitive Crossfit athlete. 

I am an intellectual, smart, resilient entrepreneur that owns her OWN business...

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Your daughter's negative thoughts are giving her negative results

Jun 27, 2022

Is your daughter having a lot of negative thoughts? Especially after mistakes?

You’re not alone. A lot of athletes are going through the same thing. As athletes, we tend to forget or just truly don’t even know how powerful our thoughts are. 

She might not know that her negative thoughts are what is giving her negative results.

I know that when I was playing growing up and in college, I thought that if I just kept pushing harder, practicing more, making adjustments, then I would have better results… except when I didn’t.

Most of the time, I was just getting in my own way with my negative thoughts.

Thoughts dictate how we feel, how we take action, and our end results and outcomes.

One way you can help her realize just how important her thoughts are to her success is by letting her hear it from someone other than you. 

I know… so annoying. But, you’re mom or dad and you’re supposed to be Positive Polly and believe in her no matter...

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What your daughter should think about when she's not feeling confident

Jun 20, 2022

Is your daughter thinking about all the things that could go wrong in her next game? 

What if I fail? 

What if I play terribly?

What if I don’t make the lineup?

What if I look dumb? 

These lies she’s believing and making her not feel confident. It’s the worst. And I know you’re just as frustrated seeing her keep doing this to herself. 

Rather than telling her to stop thinking like this, let’s shift the focus to what she should and could be thinking about instead! 

First of all, remind her that these negative thoughts, doubts, worries, fears… they are NORMAL! She is a normal athlete for feeling and thinking these things. She is a normal girl, a normal human! 

Bad news… these negative thoughts, doubts, worries, and fears are going to continue, especially after failures, mistakes, bad games. It’s just our competitive nature! 

Good news… she is in control of the thoughts she chooses (it just...

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