Measuring Motivation:  Staying Motivated during a Pandemic

Measuring Motivation: Staying Motivated during a Pandemic

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, you may be struggling with the uncertainty and change. For many of the athletes I work with, the pandemic has taken away the external motivators that pushed them in practice. They were forced to leave their normal competitive...
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...
How to “Shut Up” your Inner Critic!

How to “Shut Up” your Inner Critic!

The “inner critic” or “negative voice” is a serious controller of behaviour, whether you are aware of it or not. It is continuously placing judgement about who you are, what you do, where you are going and why. So how do you...
It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

When a parent inquires about mental training for their skater, they often ask,  “how many sessions will my skater require? How long until we start to notice improvements in his/her mindset and therefore, experience the benefits on the ice?” Although this...
Control your Nerves before a Performance

Control your Nerves before a Performance

Consider this….you are standing by the boards, waiting for your name to be called, at which point you will skate to your starting position and perform your program.  How does your body feel in this moment? Your legs feel stiff? Your heart is beating fast? How...