How To Transfer Your Skills From Training to Competitive Situations #BITESIZE

How To Transfer Your Skills From Training to Competitive Situations #BITESIZE

Dre Baldwin had a 9-year professional basketball career that took him through 8 countries in all, including Lithuania, Montenegro, Germany, Mexico, Croatia and Slovakia.

He is now a full-time entrepreneur who has authored 29 books and performed 4 TEDxTalks on Discipline, Confidence, Mental Toughness & Personal Initiative. 

Some of his books include: The Third Day, The Overseas Basketball Blueprint, How To Play As Well As You Practice

Why do athletes work with a Sports Psychologist? One of the biggest reasons is that they struggle to transfer their skills from training to competitive situations.  Which provides the topic for today’s episode of the Demystifying Mental Toughness podcast.

Former professional basketball player and author Dre Baldwin goes on to tell me his thoughts on why athletes can struggle to compete as well as they practice.  We also share some useful ideas and strategies to help you.

Enjoy tuning in!

Key Takeaways include:

  • Getting used to trusting your skills in live uncontrolled situations is crucial for success.
  • Understanding that you must respond instinctively to the randomness that sport throws at you is important too.
  • You will get beaten and fail often, this is ok, you’ll survive and will learn as a result.
  • Any amount of thinking is overthinking when you are performing.   
  • Fear of trying to be perfect breeds tension and causes your rhythm and timing to go out of sync. 
  • Consider the key ingredients of a great performance, aspects that are within your control and strive to repeat them time and again.

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Helpful Podcast Episodes

Ep 039: John Fletcher – How to Develop Fearless Athletes

Ep088: Dre Baldwin – How To Play As Well As You Practice

Ep093: Dan Abrahams – How to Overcome Mental Blocks in Football

Ep209: Felix Lehmann – How To Create Better Decision Makers On The Football Pitch

Ep221: Jeremy Snape – How To Use Pre Performance Routines When The Pressure Is On #BITESIZE

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly.  

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