|Mental Training & Development
Mental Training and Development is at the core of everything we do at MX COACH. It is difficult to explain this discipline since I am writing about something conceptually; but it is very easy to experience and understand in a personal conversation about your life and your goals.
Enter the mysterious and secret world of mental training! You know the stuff the factory teams do and so does you-know-who and it makes a huge difference. It is interesting that no matter where I travel most racers will agree that mental training is a big part of racing, if not the biggest. Racers will quote that the mental part is anywhere from 80 95% of racing. Most agree that as you go up in class ability, the mind plays a bigger and bigger role in your results.
What is even more interesting is the response I get when I ask these same racers If it is that important to racing success then tell me what type of mental training do you do? Again, no matter whom Im talking to, amateur or professional it is mostly that same blank stare, long pause and then I get the same three answers. I visualize, think positive, and focus. Well there you have it, the mystery is over! All I need to do is visualize winning, think positive about winning and focus on winning and Ill win! While those three things are effective; I say there is a big gap between doing that and actively training and developing yourself mentally to perform at your best, a big gap!
Most dedicated racers follow a plan that usually includes physical training, nutrition, practice, bike testing and maintenance. Some go further and hire physical trainers and mechanics to take their training and preparation to the next level. Yet still the most neglected area of racing is mental training and development. It is beyond strange that this is missing from most motocross training programs at all levels of our sport. So much effort is spent on the physical and mechanical aspects and little to none spent on training and developing a racers mind and discovering his limits and intentionally breaking through them. The fact is mental training and development will impact every area of a complete training program.
Mental Training & Development happens through conversations that inquire and create. At MX COACH we focus on the What as in what is it that you truly want. What are your goals and intentions? By getting crystal clear on the What and being willing to be committed to the What then the How as in how am I going to do it or how is that possible will always show up. What is first and where the power is. How always shows up out of a clear and committed declaration. This is where discovery occurs for everyone!
The power of our coaching is in the principal To know, one does not know this is the corner stone of any discovery. In essence you are hiring MX COACH because we know, that we do not know how to reach your goals. That may seem ridiculous and be terrible marketing; but it is our most powerful stance to coach from. This gives you a program and coaching that is truly for you right here and right now. It also gives the entire team vision for opportunities and possibilities (the How) to reach our goals (the What).
And a conversation where you think you know everything there is to know and all you do is wait for your turn to speak, defend your point of view, justify your way and prove you are right will not give you anything more than the same. This is the pitfall of humanity and we just keep doing over and over, what we know; just more and better of the same thing. Im not saying what you know is not valuable, but I am saying being fixed on what you know as a formula and defending it is limiting.
Enter MX COACH where true coaching, training and development happen. All you need is your humility to consider a different point of view and your willingness to try it out. You will quickly find out why the mysterious world of mental training and development is not more popular. It is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life and this is the work that produces the results you really want! The easy part is the physical training and the moto practicing. The most difficult part is you being willing to look at yourself and face your barriers and limiters. This is where real courage makes the difference between having breakthrough results or just ordinary linear progress. The courage needed to jump the triples pales in comparison! Of course on the other side is true discovery and incredible breakthroughs beyond what you previously thought was possible.
To quote Fr. Anthony de Mello You must first dismount the ass (as in donkey) you rode that got you to the gates of heaven before you can pass through the gates of heaven.
This is your opportunity to look at yourself and your life and see if what I say fits and see where it fits. By considering a new point of view gives you access to see something you did not previously see. This insight may give you access to see where you limit yourself. Through these insights you will now be able to take new actions to support your goals and discontinue the old actions that do not. It is obvious that by reading this far you already have the mindset to learn and a commitment to be the best! Congratulations you already have separated yourself from the rest of the pack. Ultimately, it is the actions you take that cause the results. The question is, are you crystal clear on the results you want?
The mystery of mental training is over, now it is up to you to do the work, get off your donkey and make the call to discuss what difference MX COACH can make for you and your goals!
|In working with MX COACH words like: commitment, integrity, creativity, responsibility, declaration, communication and intention will all expand into deeper distinctions and therefore become powerful tools in your life.|
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