Competitive Mindsets

Building on discussions we had at camp here is a video that further discusses competitive mental game aspects. Coach Joe and I have a discussion about the racing mindset. Every high school cross country runner will learn plenty from this short video – OK maybe even the seasoned road warrior too!

Desert Series Episode 20 – Racing to Win from Joe English on Vimeo.

After viewing this you have to ask yourself several questions.
What are your strengths? Leading? Following? Kicking? Hill running? Downhill running? Gutting it out?

You must know yourself before you can exploit someone else’s weaknesses. This is not about your ego and merely stating “I can beat so-and-so.” This is real candid assessment of your strengths. And it’s about having the focus, patience and guts to carry out a plan!

Before you enter your season work on your strengths as well as weaknesses. Your competition wants to beat you as much as you do them.

Take a look at the whole series of videos that Coach Joe from Portland OR and I put together.


About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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One Response to Competitive Mindsets

  1. Great thoughts Dean. I am a runner myself and always looking to improve. My motivation is constantly reminding myself that right now, someone else is out there working hard to beat me so I better keep working hard too. Then I ask… How bad do you want it?!

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