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Competitive athletes tend to think that they need confidence to be successful. The problem is that confidence is often fleeting; showing up when we are performing well, but quickly disappearing when doubt enters our minds.

It turns out that confidence isn’t as essential to athlete high-performance as most people think. More important is the ability to manage what I call mind chatter; the conversation athletes have with themselves that is full of doubt, second-guessing and negativity.

Here’s some clues that you may be struggling with mind chatter?

  • You pass instead of shoot
  • You slow down when you should be speeding up
  • You give up instead of digging in
  • You only perform well in practice instead of games and tournaments
  • You worry about “how bad you will look” instead of how much you can help your team
  • You fear competition instead of embracing the challenge

My name is Dr. Mitchell Greene, and I am the author of Courage over Confidence: Winning the Mental Game by Managing Mind Chatter. I wrote this book because in my twenty-years of experience, I have learned the keys to helping good athletes become elite competitors by successfully quieting their inner critic.

What’s unique about my acceptance-based approach is that I teach athletes how to adopt a “welcoming relationship” to their doubts. Even those with years of training, tons of competitive experience, and a desire to be great, must learn how to “make room” for mind chatter’s arrival on the scene. As they say in the East, “What you resist, will persist, and what you let be, will let you be.”

Overview of Courage over Confidence

  • Part 1

    Provides the background for the book by reviewing the history of the positive thinking movement, which mistakenly has athletes thinking they must think uber-positively to play well. I define mind chatter, and briefly discuss the current state of competitive athletics, including social media’s role in encouraging mind chatter. I review the reasons why acceptance-based approaches—where thoughts aren’t considered “good” or “bad”—is optimal.

  • Part 2

    Goes into the specifics of how to recognize mind chatter, and the basic fact that wherever you go, chatter tends to follow. Through the use of case examples, the reader will learn how athletes can gain more choice about whether or not the chatter will continue to wield power over them. Part of the discussion includes teaching how to anticipate the arrival of chatter and appreciate that the athlete and his/her mind chatter have two, very distinct agendas.

  • Part 3

    Explains why, in the face of doubts, summoning courage over confidence can be more effective. The reader will also learn how to pivot away from chatter towards game-day sub-goals. Additionally, Dr. Greene’s concept of “Side Games” will be explained. The reader will learn how this useful tool can help athletes identify what psychological “game they are playing,” and whether it is helping or hurting their ability to focus on the game at hand. The ties between mental health concerns and Dr. Greene’s overall acceptance-based approach to managing mind chatter will be discussed.

How this book will help you

  • In this book, you'll learn what it means to play with COURAGE when confidence wanes.
  • You will hear stories of college athletes who mastered mind chatter and got critical playing time they never thought possible.
  • You will hear about Olympic-level competitors who learned how helpful it was to think courageously when their confidence waned.
  • You will learn how to be mentally bullet-proof when doubts and second-guessing show up during competitions.
  • If you are a coach or parent of an athlete, you will discover how best to help a nervous, anxious player from sabotaging his/her game-day performances.

About the Author

Mitchell Greene, Ph.D. is a clinical and sport psychologist, and owner of Greenepsych Clinical & Sport Psychology, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. For the past twenty years, he has worked with athletes, from junior competitors to Olympic performers, and have helped them manage their mental game challenges with negative thinking and anxious second-guessing.

He wrote this book because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from athletes about the differences in their performance once they learned how to manage the clutter that filled up their minds during competitions. He personally uses the tools he teaches in his own competitive life, from tackling obstacle course races to triathlons, including Ironman, and marathon running. For more information, you can connect with Mitchell Greene at mgreene@greenepsych.com, or on my website at www.greenepsych.com. Find him on social media!!

Instagram: @Greenepsych

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Twitter: @sportpsych

Linkedin: @Mitchell Greene, Ph.D.

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Thank you so much for of all of your love and support!

Mitchell Greene, Ph.D.
Owner, Greenepsych Clinical & Sport Psychology
www.greenepsych.com