iOS app Android app

Sport Psychology

Nick Kyrgios Needs Mindfulness To Take His Game To The Next Level

Neil Endicott | Posted 10.20.2016 | Sports
Neil Endicott

Asked last month to describe himself in one word, Australian tennis prodigy Nick Kyrgios replied, "different." And the 21 year-old, World Number 14 really is different.

Watching Video is Great Mental Training for Athletes

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.10.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Watching videos of yourself and the best athletes in the world in your sport is a powerful tool for strengthening important mental muscles such as con...

For Athletic Success, You Pay Now Or Pay Later

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.21.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Just about every sport has an off-season, during which a key focus should be on building your fitness that acts as the foundation for all of your othe...

Take Risks for Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

This blog will explore the essential role that risk taking plays in athletic success. Before I continue, though, let me preface this discussion by say...

3 Keys to Making Mental Training Work in Sports

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

When I speak to athletes and coaches, I ask them how important the mind is to sports success. With few exceptions, the response is that the mind is as...

5 Mental Tools for Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.23.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

This post is the last of my five-part series describing my Prime Performance System which encompasses everything I know about the psychology of sport....

5 Mental 'Muscles' for Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.11.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

You have certain muscles in your body that are absolutely essential for sports including your quads, glutes, abs, and hamstrings. The simple reality i...

Practice is the Foundation of Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.29.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Practice is the practical foundation of sports success, meaning it's what you do that determines whether you do or do not achieve your sports goals. ...

Five Mental Obstacles That Prevent Sport Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.14.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

In my last post, I introduced you to my Prime Performance System that is comprised of the five essential mental areas that most influence athletic per...

7 Things Parents Can Say and Do at the End of a Sports Season

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes. The excitement comes when your young athletes have just concluded a season that exceeded their (and your) expectations.

Djokovic's New Tennis Psychology

Neil Endicott | Posted 04.06.2016 | Sports
Neil Endicott

In his 2013 book 'Serve to Win', Djokovic explains that he practices mindfulness meditation for 15 minutes every day. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to your experience as it happens without judgment.

An Olympic Champion's Holiday Gift #3: Risk

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.04.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

My first two articles in this three-part series on the gifts that the Olympic and World skiing champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, has given to athletes for t...

An Olympic Champion's Holiday Gift #2: Fight

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.14.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

In my last article, I explored the first of three holiday gifts that the Olympic and World Champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, gave to young athletes for the ...

An Olympic Champion's 3 Holiday Gifts: #1 -- Disappointment

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.11.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Accepting this different perspective on your disappointment--"I know it feels bad right now, but how can it fuel me?"--gives you the power to minimize the harm that your disappointment does to you in the future.

Sports Just Don't Make Sense

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.29.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Ultimately, for you to keep pursuing your sports dreams, you must have faith that sports do make sense in the long run. Hopefully, that faith is rewarded with the results you want and the goals you have striven for. But, the reality is that sports don't always work out that way.

You Won't Find Athletic Success Without 'The Grind'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.16.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

If you're reading this article, I'm guessing you're pretty serious about your sports participation. I'm also assuming that, despite being serious about your sport, you do it because it's big-time fun.

Master Your Athletic Frustration

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.18.2016 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Every athlete, from juniors to Olympians and pros, has experienced the feeling of frustration when they're not able to do something, whether physically, technically, tactically, or competitively: you feel stuck, get tense, lose focus, and get discouraged.

Make Mental Training a Priority in Your Sport

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.27.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

you actually do quite a bit of mental training without realizing it. I'm sure that you attempt to motivate yourself, think positively, fire yourself up and focus in training. Well, that is mental training.

Sports are Like Sleep

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.09.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Having just read the title of my new article, you may be thinking: "Has Dr. Jim finally lost it? What does sleep have to do with sports?" Let me explain. Have you ever tried to sleep? You lie in bed and tell yourself that you have to sleep and you try, try, try to sleep. It doesn't work, does it?

5 Reasons Athletes Don't Do Mental Training

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.16.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

My work offers athletes easy-to-understand and practical tools, such as mental imagery, breathing, routines, and keywords, that can be incorporated readily into every part of your overall training program.

3 Goals for Playing Your Best on Game Day

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.31.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

On game day, all you can control is yourself, which means your preparations. When I work with athletes, I tell them that when the game starts, I want them to be able to say, "I'm totally prepared to achieve my goals today." Ultimately, that's all you can do.

3 Essential Mindsets for Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

When I talk about mindset, I mean what is going on in your head just before you begin a competition, whether on the field, course, court, track, what-have-you. What happens in your mind during that oh-so-important period sets the stage for whether you perform to the best of your ability.

Mental Secrets From the Fittest Woman on Earth

Ed Tseng | Posted 01.04.2015 | Sports
Ed Tseng

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is the "Fittest Woman on Earth" and the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Winner. She is also arguably the most beautiful and popular CrossFit athlete on the planet. I love getting into the minds of elite athletes, so when I had the chance to spend some time with Camille, I jumped at the opportunity.

Sport Psychology Still Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.11.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Why isn't mental training treated the same as physical and technical training?

Let Gratitude Guide Your Pain

Brent Hogarth | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Brent Hogarth

So while pain helps us explode, to power lift, to go to war; it doesn't empower us to achieve long-term and consistent success and well-being. Pain pushes us like the wind does to a sail. But gratitude is the rudder that points our ship in the direction of it's destiny.