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The ‘Typical’ Teenager I Work With (And Step #1)

Updated: Apr 2

‘Jacob’ is an athlete, between 13-18 years old, who is putting in the work physically but still coming up short of their potential.  Jacob’s parents have invested a lot of money in sport specific coaches and none of them are addressing the issues that Jacob is having with consistency, confidence and performance under pressure.


Jacob wants to be a more consistent performer, even has dreams of playing at the varsity or college level, and knows that sport is 90% mental yet works on it less than 10% of the time because no coach has shown Jacob how. He knows there’s another level to his performance, but only finds frustration because he hasn’t been taught the right strategies. 

Jacob is looking for:
  • Someone to help guide his journey, that isn't his parents telling him what to do. Who he can relate with and see as a coach/mentor role.

  • A ‘safe space’ for him to be able to be challenged, told the truth, be vulnerable and open to his feelings and emotions and how they’re affecting him as a student-athlete and young man.

  • Someone who can help build confidence and consistency in Jacob’s performance

  • Someone who has experience in working with world champions across various sports


Working with someone like Jacob is very common. The ‘typical’ athlete that I work with is Jacob. And the best part about working with Jacob is seeing the improvement and development that can happen (literally) overnight!

Step #1 for Jacob, and any other athlete, is helping them become more in control of their emotions. It’s to take back their mindset that has been controlled so much by the subconscious thought pattern. Once I help Jacob draw more awareness to his actions and behaviors, then he can start changing them in the present time. 

We bring awareness, and control, to such situations as:
  • Negative self-talk

  • Bad body language after mistakes

  • Lack of effort during a ‘bad’ play

  • Shifting perspective and staying in the present moment


Once Jacob realizes he has more control over his thought pattern, his actions and behaviors follow. By growing, developing, and elevating his awareness level Jacob will be able to control his emotions better and play to his potential more consistently and efficiently. 
CHALLENGE: Write down all of the situations (after turnovers, missed shots, coaching yelling at me, etc.) where you’d like better control of your actions and behaviors. This is step #1 to draw awareness around how to control yourself better.

Own your outcome!

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