This Mental Game Of Sports Assessment -- Discover What's Holding
You Back From Playing Your Best.
What factors prevent you from
playing your best game? Why aren't you fully confident and self-assured
every time you step into the competitive sports arena? Why can't
you enter the zone at will, and stay there under pressure? Do you
know why you practice well, but consistently under-perform in a
real contest? Perhaps you have stress, personal, practice, mental,
coaching, parent, or communication issues that negatively affect
your sport performances. Take this quick 65-item assessment and
discover what's holding you back from reaching your full sports
Take This Mental Game Of Sports Assessment
Discover What's Holding You Back From Playing
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
This assessment form is meant to be broad, and
to quickly provide you with the big picture in sport psychology.
It will help you see numerous peak performance possibilities so
your thinking about the mental game is stimulated. This may be the
first of many assessments you could perform to pinpoint your strengths,
assets, desires and areas for growth so you can formulate a strategic
and tactical plan for building a strong and successful mental game.
It will help serve as a launching point for understanding how the
mental game coaching process operates. I believe that mental game
training begins the moment you begin completing this assessment.
Understanding the mental game, becoming aware of possibilities,
knowing yourself, seeing the big picture, and expanding and sharpening
your mental game toolkit all begin now.
First, here are the two most critical questions to think about and
answer now that will help guide your sport psychology learning process.
Write your answers in the spaces provided below.
1. What are the top 3-5 mental issues you are facing now that are
holding you back, which you would like to immediately begin working
2. Once you successfully make headway on these issues, how would
that positively improve your sports performances and what would
that mean to you?
Here's how to complete the following 65-item Mental Game Of Sports
1. Review this list of topics and mark the number ONE in the space
provided next to the items that seem MOST important and URGENT to
you to be WORKED ON FIRST.
2. Mark the number TWO next to those that seem NEXT most important
to work on.
3. Mark the number THREE next to those that seem to be in the THIRD
TIER of importance.
4. Make NO MARK next to those which DON'T seem to be important now,
or at all, or which DO NOT APPLY to you.
5. Place a QUESTION MARK next to those with which you are unfamiliar
and would like clarification.
Send this completed form to us via email, fax or postal mail through
our William B. Cole Consultants web site www.mentalgamecoach.com
if you'd like to hire us as your sport psychology coach. We can
use this as an initial, quick assessment to get your coaching jump-started.
You can also send it to your sport psychology coach, or begin reading
about the mental game of sports as part of your own self-coaching
program. I have found that repeated review of this assessment is
quite helpful in allowing you to continue to see new mental game
vistas. Here we go with the assessment.
The Mental Game Of Sports Assessment
Which of these 65 sport psychology issues would
you like to know more about, get under control and master? Which
ones are holding you back from reaching your full sports potential?
- ___ Stopping Choking and Panicking
- ___ Improving Confidence
- ___ Mental Toughness
- ___ Developing A Mistake Management System
- ___ Performance Consistency
- ___ Minimizing Perfectionism
- ___ Removing A Self-Critical Attitude
- ___ Reducing Frustration, Fears, Or Worries
- ___ Controlling Your Temper and Anger
- ___ Fixing A Negative Attitude
- ___ Removing Mental Blocks
- ___ Developing The Killer Instinct
- ___ Dealing With Opponent Psych-Outs
- ___ Dealing With Slumps, Brown-Out And Burnout
- ___ Improving Motivation
- ___ Getting Into The Zone State
- ___ Dealing With Negative People
- ___ Pre-Competition Mental Preparation
- ___ Goal Setting
- ___ Concentration
- ___ Stress Management
- ___ Higher Energy Levels
- ___ Mental Stamina
- ___ Fixing The "I Play Well In Practice, But Not In A Competition"
- ___ Improvement Of Practice Efficiency And Effectiveness
- ___ Staying Relaxed And Focused Under Pressure
- ___ Finding More Patience With Yourself
- ___ Appropriate Aggressiveness
- ___ Appropriate Assertiveness
- ___ Reducing Self-Consciousness And Shyness
- ___ Reducing Intimidation By Opponents Or Officials
- ___ Minimizing Discouragement After Set-Backs
- ___ Developing A Strong Will To Win
- ___ "Playing To Win" Versus "Playing Not To Lose"
- ___ Appropriate Level Of "Hating To Lose" Versus "Wanting To
- ___ Self-Coaching Skills
- ___ Reducing Self-Sabotage
- ___ Stopping Procrastination
- ___ Strategy And Tactics Related To Peak Performance
- ___ Assessment And Diagnosis Of The Opposition
- ___ Dealing Effectively With Competition Officials
- ___ Dealing Effectively With Spectators
- ___ Dealing Effectively With Competitors
- ___ Dealing Effectively With The Media
- ___ Dealing Effectively With Coaches
- ___ Dealing Effectively With Parents
- ___ Visualization And Mental Rehearsal
- ___ Breath Control Training
- ___ Affirmations And Positive Thinking
- ___ Meditation
- ___ Competing Well Against Weaker Opponents
- ___ Competing Well Against Superior Opponents
- ___ Beating Players You Should Beat
- ___ Closing Out The Win
- ___ Competing "At Home"
- ___ Competing "On The Road"
- ___ Overcoming Negative Thoughts And Images
- ___ Overcoming The Fear Of Failure
- ___ Overcoming The Fear Of Success
- ___ Life Balance
- ___ Life Stress Issues That Impact Your Sport Experience
- ___ Injury Rehabilitation And Pain Control
- ___ Reducing Psychosomatic Conditions
- ___ Transitions And Retirement Issues
- ___ Ethical And Sportsmanship Issues
If there are any other mental game issues that
come up for you prior to your first sports psychology coaching session,
please write them down so you can address them. I'm sure you are
very excited about working on your mental game. This is a fascinating,
fulfilling journey you are about to embark upon, one which will
have far-reaching effects on your sport, your career and your life.
Find out more about sport
psychology coaching services offered by Bill Cole, the Mental
To learn more about how sport psychology coaching can help you become
a better, more confident athlete, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental
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