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31 01, 2017

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Game Day

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

For many athletes in many sports, the competitive season is now in full swing. In other words, the season is getting real and the competitions are starting to really matter! So, this is the time when you want to perform your best consistently. Yet, this is also a time when you may start to feel [...]

31 01, 2017

Six Phrases That Weigh You Down on Race Day

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

The race season is now in full swing with qualifying races underway for regional and national championship series. In other words, the season is getting real and the races are starting to really matter! So, this is the time when you want to ski consistently fast. Yet, this is also a time when you may [...]

4 10, 2016

Set Healthy Expectations for Your Young Athlete

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Setting expectations for your children is an essential responsibility of being a sport parent. Expectations communicate messages to your children about what’s important to you and establish a standard toward which they can strive. But expectations can be double-edged swords. They can be a tremendous benefit to your children’s athletic and personal development or they [...]

12 04, 2016

Five Obstacles That Prevent Ski Racing Success

By | April 12th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

In my last post, I introduced you to my Prime Performance System that acts as the foundation for my new 12-week online mental training program which I will begin offering on June 1st. In that post, I described the first of five mental areas—attitudes—that comprise my Prime Performance System and that I believe most impact [...]

7 03, 2016

First Run, Second Run; Good Run, Bad Run

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mitchell Gunn with permission There are two scenarios on race day that I hear frequently from the racers I work with and the coaches I talk to that are a source of immense frustration, poor skiing, and disappointing results. I’m going to discuss the first scenario in this article and the second scenario [...]

9 11, 2015

Perfectionism is REALLY Bad

By | November 9th, 2015|Categories: Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

New York magazine just published a really unsettling article on perfectionism, expanding on my own notions on the topic.  Let me state this clearly: Perfectionism is REALLY BAD! It may appear to lead to great success, but, to the contrary, it often results in a lack of true success and, more importantly, it will make [...]

7 10, 2015

Set Healthy Expectations for Your Ski Racer

By | October 7th, 2015|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Setting expectations for your young ski racer is an essential responsibility of parenting. Expectations tell your children what’s important to you and establish a standard toward which they can strive. But expectations can be double-edged swords. They can be a tremendous benefit to your children’s development as both ski racers and people or they can [...]

27 01, 2015

The Burden of Expectation: Another Lesson from Mikaela

By | January 27th, 2015|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mikaela has certainly put herself between a rock and a hard place. Let’s start with the rock, which is the expectations she has created from her remarkable successes she has had during her short, though illustrious, career. Mikaela has, over the years, built a veritable Mt. Everest of expectations for herself by so dominating slalom [...]

20 01, 2015

Compete Like You Practice or Practice Like You Compete?

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

One of the first questions that I ask athletes and coaches I work with is: Should you compete like you practice or practice like you compete? By far, the most frequent response is: You should compete like you practice. This answer seems perfectly reasonable if you think about it. When you practice, you’re relaxed, feel [...]

17 10, 2014

Be the Best Ski Racing Parent You Can Be: A Review

By | October 17th, 2014|Categories: Ski Racing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Hey parents, are you ready for another roller coaster ride called a winter of ski racing ? Racers aren’t the only members of the ski racing community who experience the intense ups and downs of our sport; their parents do too. The fact is that it’s hard being a ski racing parent. You invest your heart, [...]

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