Blog 26: HPT-PST Day 3: Advanced Focus

Distractions are the enemy of success…  Learn how to eliminate bad calls, bad images, and other distractions that stop you from achieving your goals.  Focus helps you reach your potential by streamlining your ability to keep your eye on the prize of success.

The Psychological Skill of Focus, as the above video and intro point out, is one of the keys to successful execution of most physical & mental skills.  To be certain, what ever you focus on, you get.  To illustrate that point, here are 2 examples:

  • A referee gives you a bad call and you are unable to let that distraction go
  • A coach says something that upsets you and you are unable to let that distraction go

In both examples just given, you (or any athlete) has the power to concentrate on the tasks at hand i.e. primary goals and process to complete goal(s).  If the distractions are not “let go”, the distractions become the primary focal point (the new primary goal) and are likely to be the sole concentration point of you or any athlete – which makes it much more difficult to accomplish the original primary goal because the distractions interrupt the process of achieving or pursuing the original goal.

Letting go (which could be an entire video itself) is a way to re-focus on your main goal and not let any distraction affect you negatively.  To let go, in this case, means to ignore the distraction as if it did not occur.

The opposite of not letting go (again, in this case), is to let negative vibes, ideas, things distract you from your primary goals or tasks to be executed or completed.

In other words, the distraction itself (whatever it may be) becomes your focus, primary goal or task, & mission.  Many times, when the distraction becomes the new goal, athletes tend to become mentally & emotionally upset, off their game, or less motivated (or a combination of all…).

After listening to the above audio blog (and viewing Blog 9: PST: Focus), you may be better equipped to eliminate distractions during your performances.  I say ‘may’  because it is always your choice – which is largely based on your motivation to learn, develop, & grow using tools like this High Performance Training blog to master your emotions, mental state, & mind…

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Blog 25: Character development

Become a leader in the classroom and become a leader in life.  These audio notes give strategies on how to develop a dynamic character that is contagious and will help you flourish.

This blog is more suited for college and beyond students or student athletes looking to enter college at some point.  Most of the information in this blog will help all students if they plan to pursue excellence with regard to building their character.

This is the final blog that specifically focuses on High Performance Training outside of the training arena and it is as important as all of the sport training blogs for the reasons below.  Primarily, there is life after sport and many students will be in sport for a short time.  Secondly, lessons learned from sport or training can be carried over and used in other parts of life i.e. work ethic, persistence, commitment, planning, etc.  Finally, most students will prosper if their lives are balanced with learning (then applying) how to do well, at the highest level, everywhere.

The last sentence suggests that it is vital to become good, then great, in many areas to be successful in sport, school, & in life; plus, it is equally important to balance training, studying, social activities, sleeping, & free time to ultimately achieve your goals at the highest level.

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Blog: 24 • Studying for Sport II

This compilation of audio notes, combined with Blog: 23 • Studying for Sport, is sure to help any student who consistently applies these study strategies.  Studying is a skill YOU can master!


The above audio notes give more practical information regarding putting the pieces of the study strategies puzzle together – to more effectively master subjects.  Prior to executing successful study strategies consistently, we all must have other parts of our lives together. Some parts of our lives that could be positively adjusted and or productively adapted for change are fundamental organization, time management, goal setting (and achieving), going to all classes, & getting to know your teacher better.

Just like Blog: 23 • Studying for Sport, this blog gives many more study strategies that will help most everyone gain an advantage in the classroom and then in life.  The idea behind many of the techniques & strategies given above, is to create a system for studying that will enhance more effective habits to learn.  Learning (then applying the knowledge learned), is one of the keys to a successful life.  Once this learning system is in place, you & I have now have a High Performance Training plan for studying.

This video gives strategies for high school students & college students.  If both study strategies are used, it is possible to build emotional or psychological skills (mental skills) like confidence & self-esteem.  These 2 skills, I argue, are important for most parts of your life.

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