How do I assess what’s important?

 In Coaches, Confidence, Golf, Junior Athletes & Parents, Professional & Olympic Athletes, Tennis

KokcharovSkillHierarchy2015I’ve been doing a lot of work with performance profiling. What does that mean? Performance profiling is a way of profiling the important aspects of your sport, music or life. It helps you to figure out where you are with the key elements so you can figure out how to progress and improve.

The process of performance profiling is something I do with many clients but it’s also something you can do on your own. It’s a good assessment tool because it provides a good sense of what you feel are the most important skills you need to excel and which of those skills you want to enhance to improve performance.

  1. Write down all the important mental elements you feel you need to be successful in your sport.
  2. Write down all the important physical elements you feel you need to be successful in your sport.
  3. Choose the top 5 mental & 5 physical skills. On a sheet of paper, in the rows, write down those 10 key skills you need to excel in your sport.
  4. Across the top of  your paper write 1-10 spacing them out just a little bit. On the scale, 1 means ‘not very’ and 10 means ‘very much’.
  5. Find three different color pencils, pens, crayons, etc.
  6. Go down the list of your 10 key skills. Where are you currently with that skill? Choose a color for where you are currently and put an X.
  7. Go down the list of your 10 key skills. Where do you need to be to excel with each of the skills? Choose a different color for where you want to be and put an X.
  8. The third color is to draw a line between where you currently are and where you want to be to excel in your sport.
  9. Choose 1 mental & 1 physical skill to work on. It’s better to work on developing a couple/few skills at a time rather than all 10.
  10. Think about how you improve a little bit (i.e. a 5 to 6 not a 5 to 10). What are the next steps?

Next week I will talk about how you can use this information to develop SMART goals to help move you towards enhancement of your skills. Goal setting helps you develop a plan.

This week try developing your profile: what skill level are you at and what other skills do you need to accompany it?

Dr. Michelle

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Dr. Michelle Cleere
In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, Dr. Michelle Cleere helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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