Training Your Mind

Before we jump into this week’s Mental Fitness Friday content, I need your help. I want to make sure I’m providing the right type of resources to you, and that you’re getting all that you can from each week’s session of content.

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• I am very excited to be working with the Hobey Baker Foundation on a podcast that will feature and highlight past award winners and, in some cases, members of their families. What would you like to learn from these past winners? What questions would you like me to ask? Again, I’d love to hear your insight, so send an email and I’ll try work it in.

Ok, now on to this week’s Mental Fitness Friday. This week we tackle another mental toughness myth; the myth that tells us that, in regard to training our minds, ‘It can’t be done. It’s too hard. It can’t be trained.’

It’s often hard for people to wrap their head around training the mind, after all, there are no gyms for training the mind–or are there?

The facts simply don’t support the myth. This myth allows us to neglect our minds and focus on whatever provides the most immediate reassurance. BUT science shows you can train your mind.  

When it comes to developing mental skills the challenge is knowing what to do, especially when it appears there is no system, no measures, and it feels intimidating. 

Our Inner Athlete Program provides our athletes with the structure, measures and direction for training your mind. Anybody can use the program, designed to educate athletes on how to get the end goal of mental toughness and abilities.

OK, so how do you train your mind? It starts by educating yourself. Create greater awareness and learn self-calming techniques. You have to knnow when to emotionally cope, and when to problem solve cope.  Then, you need to master hard skills with biofeedback and meditation.

We also know from functional MRI’s that there are numerous technologies that help us to see change in a person’s mind.  Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, vision training,  biofeedback, neurofeedback, and mindfulness have been shown to change the brain.  

As always, I’ve provided additional resources below, including a device that an be purchases and paired with your phone to help in your mind training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-szBnENCdX0