[From The Athletic Mindset  book]



Parents, siblings, mentors, preachers, teachers and coaches’ will teach us many lessons in life. These role models have played a very valuable role in shaping the way we think.

Some role models may have been positive and others not so much.  We will be talking a lot about role models later to find out how they have shaped and influenced your life.


It’s possible that not all role models have helped you… and if they didn’t, well… it just may be time for you to let it go and move on. It’s okay to do that you know.

Till I was 13, I thought my name was “Shut Up.” 

~ Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Namath

We are not telling you to stop using role models as a coach. Just realize that you are not alone. You always have two personal coaches, the coach inside of you, and your imaginary helper…. Coach INYOU.

Taking action makes YOU the owner of your life story.

Ideas come in through our senses. We have five clearly defined senses that give us information or feedback. Our senses allow us to…

  • Smell through our nose
  • See through our eyes
  • Hear through our ears
  • Taste through our tongue
  • Feel through our skin

This information that we absorb, retain, and give back out came from somewhere. First we observe it. Once we observe it… we agree or disagree with it, we like it, or don’t like, we may judge it, want more of it or less of it.

Our brains very quickly get the message, process it and then feed us information with what we like or don’t like about it. Once we get the information, it gets stored until next time we need it, observe it or get triggered (mainly by one of our senses) to remember it.


Can you think of a special memory in your life?

  • Graduation from school
  • Marrying a special person in your life
  • Having a child
  • Getting that promotion you always wanted
  • Buying a house
  • Mastering a sport for the first time
  • Helping the community
  • Assisting a friend in need
  • Meeting a long lost relative for the first time

Think of that time when something special happened. Bring all of your senses into play… See yourself there and all the people that  surrounded you… smell the smells of that day… feel the weather…

Notice what you remember, and what emotions get triggered. You are on your way to a better athletic mindset!


MEMORIES ARE STORED SENSES… that trigger emotions!