How to Focus on the Positive | Katie Cochran [INT]


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It’s not easy to focus on the positive all the time when you’re constantly trying to raise the bar and get better. That’s what today’s guest learned throughout her career and hopes to pass on to other players!

If softball had been in the Olympics the past few cycles, you would have seen today’s guest rocking the red, white and blue. She helped hold the fort down for Team USA during its Olympic hiatus, winning four consecutive World Cups, the 2010 ISF World Championship and the 2011 Pan-American Championship.

Prior to her international career, she was a staple on Arizona State’s record-setting teams. There she became a four-time All-American and the only player in Pac-10 history to be selected Newcomer of the Year and then Player of the Year her following three seasons

Please welcome former Team USA member, Women’s College World Series champion, and Arizona State Hall of Famer, Katie Cochran!

 Today we hear how she focused on the positive

  • While dealing with a perfectionist mindset as a young player
  • Using the 1% better mantra
  • By using routines, starting in the on-deck box
  • While practicing being grateful
  • So she could live in the moment
  • By changing your view on pressure

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Focusing on the positive is just the beginning!

Here at Mental Sweet Spot, we believe in bringing mental training ONTO the field and living these principles every day. To help you do that, we created the Dream Team Blueprint: a comprehensive, step-by-step system for teaching the mental fundamentals of the game.

As impactful as the Blueprint has been for our clients, many found it difficult to get through all of the mental training workouts with such limited time with their players. I’m sure you can relate: there’s a lot going on mid-season!

We heard you, so we’re focusing on the positive and making it better!

The Dream Team Blueprint will now be a part of our bigger vision: the Softball Mental Training membership site.

For just $297 a year, you’ll have access to all the proven, research-based resources you need to boost your athletes’ confidence and resilience. From video trainings to team building activities, fun challenges to on-field drills, we’ve got something to help each individual player. With our new a la carte style, you can be even more efficient with your time and give them exactly what they need, when they need it.

No more searching the web for hours. Simply hop on the site and if a quick search doesn’t turn up a drill or activity for you, you can jump in the forum and ask a colleague who’s been in your shoes!

More details to come as we get everything together. Doors open December 9th, following the NFCA convention.

In the meantime, join our waitlist for more info, behind-the-scenes sneak peaks, and special offers!

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See you next time!

alicia + mel


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