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Jul 26, 2020

Do you or your athletes only focus on mistakes after competition? Do you criticize your performance instead of learn from it? Or do you disqualify the positive?

Perfectionist athletes can be extremely hard on themselves after they compete, which hurts their confidence.

These athletes focus on the mistakes, mishaps, bad...


Jul 12, 2020

One of the qualities of perfectionist athletes is the fact that they judge their performance extremely harshly. They are very self-critical.

Very high level perfectionists want their performance to look good and feel good in order to get the desired results. When they don’t get these results they feel they aren’t...


Jun 28, 2020

One of the biggest challenges for perfectionists is the lack of trust in their skills…

Lack of trust in skills is the reason perfectionists tend to under perform in competition–compared to practice.

Perfectionism leads to:

–Over thinking
–Stuck in a practice mindset
–Worry about what others think
–Outcome...


Jun 14, 2020

Perfectionist athletes often worry too much about what others (coaches, teammates, parents) think about their performance. We call this social approval fears in our work.

This is not only a huge distraction for athletes, but also a source of pressure to perform up to others’ expectations. This is the number one reason...


Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Dr. Joe Havlick on the use of mindfulness to help athletes and performers succeed. Joe has a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology and works with performers and athletes of many ages, sports, and careers. Joe has a practice of meditation that he offers to all of his clients. Dr. Cohn and Dr....