Let your Frustration Fuel your Performance

Let your Frustration Fuel your Performance

Does any of this sound familiar…you practice really poorly the week before competition, you bomb your short program, you pop everything on your warm-up. What do all of these scenarios have in common? They all induce high levels of frustration! Frustration is a...
When Facts Trump Positivity

When Facts Trump Positivity

A call with one of my skaters recently got me thinking about the unrealistic expectation we put on ourselves to be positive all the time. As soon as I arrived on the call with her I could sense her energy was low. She has been training for her biggest competition of...
Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

It is becoming evident that the scoring system is rewarding quality of jumps over quantity. Skaters are being rewarded for performing less challenging elements at a higher quality than for trying more challenging elements with the risk of mistakes. I am sure this...
What does a Mentally Strong Performance look like?

What does a Mentally Strong Performance look like?

What I consider to be a mentally strong performance may surprise you. It isn’t a clean skate every time, in fact, there may be several mistakes. It is not about whether you make a mistake or not. You are not a robot, there is no way to program you to skate clean every...