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The What if Runway

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By Ami Strutin Belinoff M.A., LMFT, CMPC

All of us at one point or another have found ourselves on the “What if Runway.” Some of us have spent hours, days or even years on this runway. Stuck, waiting, unsure and paralyzed by, what if? Most often when we find ourselves here the What If is one of fear, catastrophe, or dire indecision. 

We can all relate to being stuck on the tarmac. If you have ever been on it waiting to get to your destination you know the feeling well. When we will get going? How is this going to affect all my plans? Will I have to be stuck next to this person in my ear for the next couple of hours? When will the kids stop hitting my seat? What If we don’t take off at all? Then what will I do? 

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Volleyball Gear Up: 5 Mental Steps to Tournament Success

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This article was originally posted on Bride Athletic

It’s getting close to that time of the season when teams have done their due diligence with strength training, perfecting skills sets, and running offensive and defensive schemes. The goal is to translate all that practice into tournament-winning volleyball that is not compromised by nerves or mental errors. We will break down some simple but effective mental skills-training principles to incorporate into your team’s practice as we approach some big tournaments.

Gain a mental edge with these simple principles

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Know Thyself: An Athlete’s Path to Success

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When your body breaks down and injuries occur we have doctors, science, blood tests, MRI’s, CT scans, and X-rays to diagnose, assess and remedy the problem.

What happens when your body feels great and you feel strong, but your results are “eh” and your game is flat and stagnant? What do you do when everyone says, “you’re good, you have great potential, you’re athletic,” but you just can’t produce? Read More

Vision: It’s in all of us

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Some of us will run, some will walk, some will meander, some of us will just sit, and some will run in circles. We all share a common thread as human beings. We are purpose driven. At first we were driven to attain what Maslow deemed some of the basic tenants of life; including food, shelter and reproduction. Read More

Inner Voice/Mantra: Gandhi shows us how

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“When done systematically, mantra has a powerful effect on the brain. It gathers and focuses the energy of the mind. It teaches the mind to focus on one point and it cultivates the steadiness that over time becomes an unshakable evenness of temper. When the mind is steadied it is not shaken by fear”. (Stephen Cope).” Read More

Ami Strutin-Belinoff

Mental Peak Performance Training

T: 310.804.7553

e: astrutinbelinoff@gmail.com

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