The PERSONA Concept
‘Mind Over Muscle’ is a sports mindset company working with individual athletes and teams at elite, performance, development and foundation levels. Using our seven-point mindset concept, ‘PERSONA’ in conjunction with developed psychological theories and psychotherapeutic techniques, our mission is to develop a positive mindset to overcome barriers, fears, and vulnerabilities to enhance performance.
‘A person can change the future by changing their attitude’ – Oprah Winfrey
A positive mindset plays a vial role in broadened cognitive functioning, energy levels and enjoyment. Training your mind to think positively and banish negative thoughts is key to optimal performance.
‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’ – Mark Twain
One of the main reasons for demotivation, failing to realize full potential or in worst-case scenario, quitting sport, is to focus on outcome rather than process. Mindset training helps athletes understand the value of processed-based effort, through adherence to task, positive mindset and step-by-step increments.
‘You are going to be alright if you accept realistic goals for yourself’ – Teri Garr
People often set outcome goals in sport and exercise activities, such as ‘I want to run the London Marathon’. Performance Coaching helps athletes set objective, appropriate and measureable goals, which boosts self-efficacy and provide a measure for self-referencing and helps athletes cope better with failure.
‘We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail’ – Maori Proverb
In sport, stress can be a positive or negative adjunct to performance. Stress is a by-product of arousal. If controlled, it can enhance focus and ultimately allow optimal performance. An overload of stress can lead to state anxiety, underpin confidence, disrupt focus and adversely affect performance. By identifying sources of stress, mind coaching can benefit athletes overcome anxiety and therefore greatly enhance performance.
‘In the middle of difficulty comes opportunity’ – Albert Einstein
Athletes with a growth mindset embrace opportunity, whereas those with a fixed mindset feel under threat. Mindset training prepares athletes for any opportunity by installing rituals, cues and toughness required to meet challenges head on, by using criticism as a motivational tool to build resistance, improve on weaknesses and strive towards future opportunities.
‘Life is full of regrets but it doesn’t pay to look back’ – Zinedine Zidane
‘No Regrets’ is a key construct of mental toughness. Regret is a powerful and emotion, a response to past behaviour. In sports psychology the emphasis is placed on identifying and responding to factors within a persons control. By combining the mix of mindset training strategies, a ‘No Regrets’ belief is installed.
‘Champions keep playing until they get it right’ – Billie Jean King
Mind training can change beliefs, through changing athlete performance behaviour. By doing so, athletes find motivation increases and greater application towards task at training and during competition, helps goal achievement.