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Take 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 potential.    921 words.
The Mental Game Coach, Peak Performance Playbook



Take This Mental Game Of Sports Assessment

Discover What's Holding You Back From Playing Your Best



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 on?




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 Assessment.

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?

  1. ___ Stopping Choking and Panicking
  2. ___ Improving Confidence
  3. ___ Mental Toughness
  4. ___ Developing A Mistake Management System
  5. ___ Performance Consistency
  6. ___ Minimizing Perfectionism
  7. ___ Removing A Self-Critical Attitude
  8. ___ Reducing Frustration, Fears, Or Worries
  9. ___ Controlling Your Temper and Anger
  10. ___ Fixing A Negative Attitude
  11. ___ Removing Mental Blocks
  12. ___ Developing The Killer Instinct
  13. ___ Dealing With Opponent Psych-Outs
  14. ___ Dealing With Slumps, Brown-Out And Burnout
  15. ___ Improving Motivation
  16. ___ Getting Into The Zone State
  17. ___ Dealing With Negative People
  18. ___ Pre-Competition Mental Preparation
  19. ___ Goal Setting
  20. ___ Concentration
  21. ___ Stress Management
  22. ___ Higher Energy Levels
  23. ___ Mental Stamina
  24. ___ Fixing The "I Play Well In Practice, But Not In A Competition" Syndrome
  25. ___ Improvement Of Practice Efficiency And Effectiveness
  26. ___ Staying Relaxed And Focused Under Pressure
  27. ___ Finding More Patience With Yourself
  28. ___ Appropriate Aggressiveness
  29. ___ Appropriate Assertiveness
  30. ___ Reducing Self-Consciousness And Shyness
  31. ___ Reducing Intimidation By Opponents Or Officials
  32. ___ Minimizing Discouragement After Set-Backs
  33. ___ Developing A Strong Will To Win
  34. ___ "Playing To Win" Versus "Playing Not To Lose"
  35. ___ Appropriate Level Of "Hating To Lose" Versus "Wanting To Win"
  36. ___ Self-Coaching Skills
  37. ___ Reducing Self-Sabotage
  38. ___ Stopping Procrastination
  39. ___ Strategy And Tactics Related To Peak Performance
  40. ___ Assessment And Diagnosis Of The Opposition
  41. ___ Dealing Effectively With Competition Officials
  42. ___ Dealing Effectively With Spectators
  43. ___ Dealing Effectively With Competitors
  44. ___ Dealing Effectively With The Media
  45. ___ Dealing Effectively With Coaches
  46. ___ Dealing Effectively With Parents
  47. ___ Visualization And Mental Rehearsal
  48. ___ Breath Control Training
  49. ___ Affirmations And Positive Thinking
  50. ___ Meditation
  51. ___ Competing Well Against Weaker Opponents
  52. ___ Competing Well Against Superior Opponents
  53. ___ Beating Players You Should Beat
  54. ___ Closing Out The Win
  55. ___ Competing "At Home"
  56. ___ Competing "On The Road"
  57. ___ Overcoming Negative Thoughts And Images
  58. ___ Overcoming The Fear Of Failure
  59. ___ Overcoming The Fear Of Success
  60. ___ Life Balance
  61. ___ Life Stress Issues That Impact Your Sport Experience
  62. ___ Injury Rehabilitation And Pain Control
  63. ___ Reducing Psychosomatic Conditions
  64. ___ Transitions And Retirement Issues
  65. ___ 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 Game Coach.


To learn more about how sport psychology coaching can help you become a better, more confident athlete, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach™ at www.mentalgamecoach.com/Services/SportPsychologyCoaching.html.


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Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals achieve more success in business, life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com), an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development, professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.

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