How does a parent or coach get an athlete to buy into the need for mental training?. One parent asked me recently, "She is really having a bad time with her performance and she knows it, but sees mental training as a something to fear."
Every athlete I work with in one way shape or form has challenges with "being in the moment" or focusing in the present when it's time to perform in competition. When in the heat of competition it is critical for focus to be on only the things that matter to successful execution of the skill or task at hand. Anything that penetrates or distracts an athletes focus is what I call "mental congestion". Singular focus without mental congestion is what aligns the athletes thought processes on getting the job done and achieving success.