Sport Psychology: tapping your TALENT CODE F. Marty Martinez, Ph.D. September 13, 2012 Achieving Excellence: Hardware plus Training & Development * Balance & Equilibrium * (Applied effectively in Competition) Energized Strong desire to win Implicit confidence Singular focus Maximal effort Loose & relaxed Unwavering self-belief Passion for the game Precision execution Drive to improve Having fun Self aware/self critical Coachable Self sufficient Calm Little fear of failure Care for every detail Full awareness Effortless action Explosive & powerful Humble & respectful Balanced perspective Simple focus Trust in skills & abilities Never satisfied Self accepting/self supportive Independent Effectively uses support team Talent is Never Enough: (John C. Maxwell) 1. Belief – it LIFTS your talent 2. Passion – it ENERGIZES your talent 3. Initiative – it ACTIVATES your talent 4. Focus – it DIRECTS your talent 5. Preparation – it POSITIONS your talent 6. Practice – it SHARPENS your talent 7. Perseverance – it SUSTAINS your talent 8. Courage – it TESTS your talent 9. Teachability – it DEEPENS your talent *What have you learned lately that has truly changed you? 10. Character – it PROTECTS your talent 11. Relationships – they INFLUENCE your talent 12. Responsibility – it STRENGTHENS your talent CONFIDENCE Commitment: the strong sense of inner strength and mental resolve (FAITH) THE TALENT CODE: Practice – it DEEPENS your talent Practice – a highly targeted, error-filled process, where something is growing, being built. [a] • The Sweet Spot / Productive Zone • • where accelerated learning occurs Where an athlete “gets it” TALENT The Talent Code: I. Deep Practice II. Ignition (spark of Motivation) III. Master Coaching TALENT The Talent Code: Myelin = Potential – It is alive, waiting for you to build it! * Try again. Fail again. Fail better.* The Talent Code Practice: “divine dissatisfaction” or “the bittersweet spot” 1. Pick a target/goal 2. Reach for it 3. Evaluate the gap (between target & reach) 4. Return to step #1 The Talent Code Deep Practice requires IGNITION – energy, passion, & commitment ** Motivational Fuel! [“that’s it!”] • Our brains are always looking for a CUE as to where to spend energy now. * How long (and well) will you do this? The Talent Code IGNITION– Starting & SUSTAINING • CONFIDENCE • By not praising innate ability, but effort & slow progress Fight, struggle, baby steps – Affirm the struggle! ENJOY THE SHOW!