Building Confidence with Positive Self-talk


“When you miss a shot, never think of what you did wrong. Take the next shot thinking of what you must do right” — Tony Alfonso We all mess up sometimes. It could happen in our daily lives over and over again. We can't avoid mistakes, but we can avoid the harsh self-talk we often punish ourselves with. Doing so could change your basketball mental game. Self-talk, or your inner dialogue, is … [Read more...]


Boosting Your Mental Game with Exercise


“Coaches shouldn’t have to push you to work hard, you should push yourself to work hard because you want to be a great player” – Bob Knight There are many reasons why regular exercise is good for athletes – having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones are just two, but regular physical exercise is also beneficial for your mental wellbeing and your basketball mental … [Read more...]


A Coffey Note “The Signs”

"My success is the outcome of my work. I am willing to do the work." Delice Coffey Did you know....   Here are 9 signs that your healthy drive for excellence has crossed over into an unhealthy need for perfection:     The Signs are: 1. You View Mistakes as Proof You are Inadequate 2. You Can't Celebrate Your Success 3. Your Self-Worth Depends on Your … [Read more...]


Be A Mentally Tough Athlete


“There have been times when I have failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail” – Michael Jordan Research on sports psychology for basketball shows that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your basketball mental game. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And … [Read more...]


Manage Stress: Meditate & Visualize


“I recruit character as much as I recruit ability. And if you’ve built a team of character, they can handle moments that others cannot and they accept coaching on how to manage pressure” – Roy Williams With all the scientific evidence coming out in the past several years, stress management is becoming something that can’t be overlooked when it comes to improving your basketball mental … [Read more...]