Basketball Mental Skills Article

2020 – What A Year

Hello Everyone!

What a year, what a year, WHAT A YEAR!

Many of you are just like me. We had to pivot on a dime in March and April, and we are still adjusting to this “new normal.”

As such, allow me to Re-introduce Myself.

I am Dr. Delice Coffey. My area of expertise is clinical and sports psychology. My mission is to help athletes play at the highest level by teaching them how to be mentally tough and persevere when things get tough.

Why do I do this?

As a bodybuilder, I struggled to succeed, and no one in my circle understood why I could not “just do it” because I had a professional bodybuilder’s physique. They did not understand, and neither did I understand why I could not diet for 12 weeks without breaking it; no one in my circle had the knowledge or skills to help me. Needless to say, I gave up on my dream to get my Pro Card in Bodybuilding.

I did not know anything about mental skills training or being mentally tough, so when things got hard with the diet, I did not have the mental tools to stick with it, so I did not succeed as a bodybuilder – which was my first love.

Later, by default, I started powerlifting. While in the valley of life, I reflected on “the good old days” of my childhood. I would always think and say to myself, “if I can see it clearly, I can speak it into existence.” Clearly, as a child, I did not fully understand what I was saying, but it worked!

With that memory, I decided to focus on the mental side of winning in powerlifting. I was so focused while training, that built my confidence. I used imagery, positive self-talk, goal setting, and a pregame routine that was rock solid to ensure that I would not give up again.

With this newfound energy, focus, and mindset, I broke 10 NC State Records, APA National Record, and the APA World Record in Powerlifting!

Fast forward years later, I started researching and studying the mind and mental skills. I discovered mindset is everything.

Although I broke the APA World Record in Powerlifting, that was my second love.

Why do I do this?

I do this because I do not want anyone to give up on their first love or the opportunity to take their game to the highest level when it is possible with a strong mental game.

I am so excited to get back on track with blogging so I can share information with you.

In the next few months, I will only be posting on www.sportspsychologybasketball.com. The information on this site will help you to elevate your game so you can outperform the competition every time!

I want us to Soar To The Top together in 2021!

Dr. D. Coffey


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