THE MINDZONE PROGRAMME is open to individuals who want to work in the field of mental performance coaching, sports coaches who are looking to add psychology skills to their training, therapists who want to expand their work to help sports performers and any individual who wants to learn mental performance skills to use in other areas of life.
This two day intensive course, which involves a mix of home study and 2 days of seminars, has been established to give a comprehensive introduction to the field of mental performance and provides an understanding of what makes athletes tick together with some powerful methods for improving performance in sport. On completion of the course you will be certified by Wider Vision Ltd as a MINDZONE COACH.
If you are interested in the field of mental performance coaching or are a sports coach who is looking to maximise the potential of the sports performers you work with, THE MINDZONE PROGRAMME offers the opportunity to learn some of the fundamental principles of sports psychology.
Part 1: Building the relationship
A crucial aspect of coaching is developing a relationship with the athlete where there is trust, mutual respect and open communication. Without this, it is very hard to create an effective learning environment. We also look at how to communicate effectively and provide feedback that inspires rather than demoralises.
Part 2: How our imagination shapes us
Having a powerful imagination is an essential ingredient for high level sports performance. In this section we will look at how our imagination impacts on the way we think and feel and how we create our own realities which can either help or hinder us.
Part 3: Taming the inner critic
One thing that has a great impact on us and our ability to perform well is that voice in our heads that can be our greatest enemy. This is referred to as inner dialogue or self-talk. In this section we will be looking at the ways in which our self-talk can affect how we feel and what we believe and will learn some useful techniques for getting your inner critic back on your side.
Part 4: The art of effective goal-setting
We have all set goals that we have achieved at some point in our lives but we also have goals which we do not achieve largely because of how we go about setting them. In this section we look at how we can create goals in a way that makes success far more likely by creating a journey that brings your mind on board and engenders the belief, motivation and vision required to achieve the outcome you desire.
Part 5: Managing your emotional state
A key factor in determining a sportsperson's effectiveness is how they are feeling when they are performing. If they are feeling anxious, nervous, angry or fearful, it is likely that these emotions will have a negative effect on their performance. Even positive emotions such as excitement and sometimes calmness can have an adverse impact on how well an athlete competes. In this section we look at how we can create emotional balance so that we can be at the right level of stimulation for optimum performance and can tap into confidence when we need it most.
Part 6: The power of imagery
Imagery plays a huge role in the way we experience our lives. What we see, hear, and feel in our minds impacts on our self-belief, our decision-making, our energy levels, self-image, our motivation and our ability to learn new skills. Often our mental imagery is negative and can hijack our performances, leading to an unhelpful mindset and poor results. In this section we will be looking at mental rehearsal and how we can use it to take control of the imagery that we make in our minds and programme ourselves to achieve the outcomes we want to have.
Part 7: Getting into the Zone
When a person is carrying out a skill to their very best, performing unconsciously with total trust in their ability it is referred to as being in flow, or what sports performers call being "in the Zone". In this section we will be discussing what elements are required for a sports performer to get into the Zone and how to get into this magical state so that they can perform to their potential.
28-29th January 2023 - 9.30am-5.00pm
This course consists of home study and 2 days of live seminars