This week on the Way of Champions Podcast, we have a discussion with Lindsey Wilson from Positive Performance Training about the importance of the mental game for athletes of all ages. Lindsey works with athletes and coaches to unlock player and team potential through mental performance training. As an athlete, Lindsey had the privilege to play on many successful teams and collect an impressive athletic resume along the way. As a mental training coach, Lindsey has developed mental performance training tools and techniques for universities, teams, and organizations across the globe.
Highlights from the Podcast:
Min 06: Why Lindsey starting a mental coaching business
Min 13: Why Being called “Relentless” was important to Lindsey
Min 17: Playing professional, or being liked?
Min 21: Recognizing the shift towards accepting mental training in sports
Min 24: What Lindsey teaches for mental training (and how to get coaches to “buy in”
Min 31: What to say to a an athlete that just failed?
Min 43: How do coaches recognize when a problem is a mental health issue, not a “optimizing performance” issue
Min 50: The power of visualization
Min 59: Learn to be a mindset coach
As the Co-Founder and Product/Program guru for Positive Performance, founded in 2008, Lindsey felt a strong call to help other athletes optimize their mindset and fulfill their potential. Today, the Positive Performance team provides athletes and teams with high-quality, easy-to-digest, complete mental training programs, as well as resources for coaches, parents, and athletes to help them maximize their potential.
- “Is there a difference between Coaching Girls and Coaching Boys?” with Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach [podcast]
- 7 Steps for developing tougher, resilient, more focused athletes [Link]
- Mindset [book] by Carol Dweck
- What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen [book] by Kate Fagan
- Honoring the life of Penn student-athlete Madison Holleran and continuing to ‘Talk for Maddy’ [article] by Kate Fagan
- Everyone Is Going Through Something [article] by Kevin Love via The Players Tribune
- Resources for Coaches: positiveperformancetraining.com
Some of Lindsey’s accolades include two Big 12 Women’s Basketball Conference Tournament Championships while at Iowa State, won a regular season Championship, and made it to the Sweet Sixteen twice. Playing on three NCAA tournament teams, Lindsey was an honorable mention All-American, an Academic All-American, and was a three-time All-Big 12 conference player selection. In 2003, Lindsey graduated with honors as the second All-time leading scorer and All-time assist leader for the Iowa State Cyclones. Lindsey was drafted by the WNBA Connecticut Sun, and played professionally in Europe and the Middle East for 8 years. She has been described more than once as ‘relentless’ by opposing coaches- something that makes her far more proud than any official accolade.
Connect with Lindsey Wilson
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