Motivational Monday - I Want To Be A Gamer!

By Special to the Prep Sports Report/Robert W.H. Price, LCPC, LPC, NCC CEO of Elite Minds, LLC | June 21, 2021

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Every sport is beginning to look at how to build Mental Toughness and make sure their athletes are resilient. Commentators mention it much more than just a few years ago no matter what you are watching. Well, I’m here to answer the BIG questions when it comes to mental toughness and resilience and what impact mental training truly has on your athlete’s performance.  Let’s go on the Journey together!!!

Practice Player?

My life’s work around getting the most consistently great performances with my clients requires an understanding of the Mindset of a Champion.  One thing parents discuss with me is the idea that their child is a great practice player but their performance under competition is less than stellar.  Sometimes we see that athlete’s technical skills in training is “perfect” and in competition we have difficulty executing.  I teach athletes to Trust their Training in competition and focus on the process not the outcome.  If the athlete and coach continue to train technique and hope that it changes during competition they will continue to be making really great Practice Players.

Competition Gamer

If you’ve identified that your mindset needs a little tweaking and you know that your technique is solid then you have won half of the battle.  The second half of the battle happens when we are training that we change our environment to match competition.  In some sports, this is a challenge but the attempt should be ever so important. 

Encourage your athlete to develop their own self-awareness of skills they have gained to enhance self-confidence and facilitate the transfer of such skills to other areas of life. Reduce confusion with the coach’s methods and terminology by supporting this with your athlete.  The goal should be to reduce the mental chatter and doubt that could occur. Once these fundamentals are established then we can begin our mental preparation for our competitions.

  • Develop Refocus Strategies
  • Anticipate and Plan for Distractions
  • Prepare at the competition Site
  • Create a daily schedule for competition time

The Mental Mystery: SOLVED

For decades, the mystery of peak performance was unsolved. Coaches, athletes, trainers wanted to know…

  • Why do some athletes reach their potential and others don’t?
  • Why do some athletes crave challenges and others shy away?
  • Why do some athletes crumble under pressure while others thrive?
  • Why do some athletes bounce back from failure and others implode?

Special Invitation

Do you want to know more about the mental game? Do your athletes struggle mentally? Do your athletes need to improve their mental game? Do you want to know how to help your athletes build mental toughness? Do you want tangible tools to help you coach the mental game?

If you answered YES! to any of those questions, then I invite you to check out a FREE ASSESSMENT on my website (  After your completion and results received you will receive an invitation to Join the Mindset of Champion Mindset Monthly Group. 

Visit Robert at or email at

Robert Price is the owner of Elite Minds, LLC is a mental performance consulting service that promotes professionals exceeding their potential in every field of human endeavor. This is accomplished through proven mental skill techniques that will lead the professional to more consistent performances even in the face of adversity. We understand how to get the brain and body working together as a team. Robert W.H. Price founded Elite Minds in 2000 as a graduate student and has created successful inroads since for hundreds of clients.  He is an expert applying specific mental skills and techniques that cultivate the mental and emotional strength necessary to thrive in an era of overwhelming demands and persistent conflict.

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