Our sense of “Control” or at the very least our sense of taking steps in “controlling” our environment, our preparation and our performance is a core “Need” as an athlete, we need to know what we are doing is the best that we can, be it a new skill or competing for our country at the highest level.

We “need” to know we have prepared well enough to perform, we have ticked all the boxes to be ready – this lowers our anxiety and increases our confidence allowing us to feel “ready’..

However sometimes that unemotional and structural “Need” process to be in control can turn into an emotional and irrational “WANT” and begin to overlap and engulf our preparation and our performance with unchecked emotional baggage that raises our anxiety and increases our sense “What If” scenarios.

During this episode of Brain in the Game we will explore how we better manage these “Wants” and “Needs” and what we as Coaches and Athletes can do to eliminate those negative doubts and overwhelming habitual behaviours.

So gather round, as we shift your perspective from “What if it goes wrong” to “What if it goes right”


As we settle into the 2016 Rio Olympics and we are consumed by the spectacle that is the summer games, we turn our focus to the best of the best, those flawless performances, smashed world and olympic records and the apparent super-human performances of these athletes.

Lets take a closer look at how to get to this pinnacle of performance and what we can do to better secure our place in sporting success.

Human nature is that we remember like a news reel, we remember the peaks of the highs, those world records falling, those close calls at the line and we recall those depths of underachievement from heart wrenching fails, falls and stumbles.

Whereas in reality, and statistically, the vast majority of performers will not win an Olympic medal, nor perform at their best… in part that is because on the day they did not perform the way they had trained!

This can be because of nerves, dealing with pressure or not bringing what they have done in training onto the world stage due to confidence issues or playing it too safe. This is typically not because of a lack of talent, rather a human flaw in preparation.

In this episode of Brain in the Game we will look at 5 training techniques that you can embed, a better mental and emotional framework which will prepare you for high pressure performance and allows you to bring your A game, every game.

So grab a pen and paper and take notes as we jump into a Rio Olympic special of Brain in the Game.

If you enjoy this episode then check out http://www.smartmind.com.au for more information on our 2016 schedule and checkout our Smart Mind Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMindinstitute/ and keep up with our videos and athlete profiles.


BITG 061: Controlling your performance outcomes with a 3 legged stool

May 5, 2016

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BITG 060: Recognising Your Performance Patterns

April 7, 2016

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BITG 059: Athletes and Emotions – The Deep Connection Between Our Emotions and Our Performance

March 3, 2016

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BITG 058: Why Some Competitive Athletes Start Slow – A good start can lead to a great finish

February 4, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG58.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:54 — 71.2MB) | EmbedIn this episode we look at why some competitive athletes adopt the strategy of starting slowly, in hope of building into their performance, and why that actually works AGAINST you more often than work FOR you. Many athletes do not start their competition […]

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BITG 057: Successful Professional Athletes Learn To Build A Life On The Road

May 21, 2015

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BITG 056: Remembering Your Best Performance, Under Competition Pressure

May 7, 2015

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BITG 055: Slaying Your Performance Demons

April 23, 2015

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BITG 054: Athletes – How do you Measure your Success in Sport?

April 9, 2015

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