Over the years, I have received thousands of e-mails and phone calls from people whowant to improve their performance at work, school and at sports. Not surprisingly, I frequently get calls from and athlete who has lost his or confidence or focus. Sometimes, it is a call from a concerned parent or a concerned coach. Some coaches call to get help with a particular player or to get advice on motivating or managing an entire team.
I have counseled world class athletes, tennis professionals, golf professionals, Olympians, weekend warriors, professional bowlers, baseball players, basketball players, wrestlers, hockey players, martial artists, figure skaters, boxers, gymnasts, professional billiards players, football players, runners, pole vaulters, soccer goalies, archers, shooters, musicians, opera singers and people who compete in equestrian events.
It is not surprising that athletes contact me about peak performance issues. However, some the calls I have received from people who want peak performance coaching have been somewhat unexpected or unpredictable.
Scrabble players have used peak performance principles to stay focused during tournaments. Many believe they can recall more words if they are calm during events.
Many professional traders use peak performance methods to manage the emotional peaks and valleys they experience during a trading day.
Professional poker players are concerned about performing to their potential when
a lot of chips are on the table.
Public speakers and sales people have benefited from peak performance coaching too.
Rodeo cowboys have been clients of mine too.
Recently, coaches and athletes from the Japanese Olympic team contacted me for some advice on peak performance coaching.
Not long ago, I got a call from a professional bass fisherman who was in a fishing slump. He felt that if his attitude were different that he would get in better touch with nature and attract more fish to his lures in fishing tournaments.
Peak performance coaching can include traditional counseling techniques, training in visualization, meditation and self-hypnosis, goal setting and most importantly a strong relationships between the client and the coach.
In working with elite athletes, the performance coach must have a good relationship with parents, trainers, coaches, agents and nutritionists. This is not always easy, but it is quite gratifying when all of the participants get on the same page for the benefit of the athlete or the performer.
Jay P. Granat, Ph. D. is a psychotherapist and the founder of http://www.stayinthezone.com - He has written several books and developed several programs to help people perform to their fullest potential at sports, at work and at school. Dr. Granat, a former university professor, has appeared in The New York Times, Good Morning America, AP, ESPN, Golf Digest, The BBC and The CBC. He can be reached at email@example.com - His books include Zone Tennis and Get Into The Zone In Just One Minute. He is also the author of How To Get Into The Zone With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis, How To Lower Your Golf Score With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis, 101 Ways To Break Out Of A Hitting Slump and Bed Time Stories For Young Athletes. Golf Digest named Dr. Granat one of America's Top Ten Mental Gurus. He was recently featured in a documentary film on long distance running. Dr. Granat writes a weekly column for three newspapers.