Archive for January, 2013

The Evolution of the Smart Mind: New Year’s Message

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Happy New Year!

January is a great time to review your objectives for the next 12 months.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in sport for a living. We have access to so much information, support and technology, so I enjoy spending this time of year taking advantage of all the tools and techniques available to me to get clear on next season’s game plan.

Here is a quick 4 minute video I recorded to give you an overview of 2013, to help you get the most out of your mental game.

Unable to watch the video? Here is the transcript below:

Our objective here at the Smart Mind Institute is to give you, as an athlete, an opportunity to perform smarter by better understanding youtself and the way that you think and perform.

The Smart Mind Institute was created for athletes and coaches to learn the cognitive development and mental aspect of performance. The programmes are designed to help you get the most out of your mental game; teaching athletes how to manage emotions more effectively enables them to perform without anxiety.

Our athletes have achieved higher than ever before, they’ve had a greater season than ever before, and not only is that down to their hard work and their tenacity, we believe it’s also down to the way they’re learning and applying the Smart Mind Institute way. The way that we approach our coaching, the way that we approach our athletes, and the way we approach the whole sporting organisation as a whole, has got us great results.

So in 2012 we took this to a whole new level with two new initiatives, the first being our live training programmes.

Our Smart Coach | Smart Athlete two-day programme is an introductory look into the world of mental training, understanding behaviour and understanding performance as an individual.

Our four and six-day Smart Coach programme is designed specifically for coaches, to learn how to get more out of themselves, and also their coaching staff, their athletes and support crew. Face-to-face programmes are also a great opportunity for brain storming with the diverse number of athletes, coaches and sports all in one room.

The other initiative  introduced in 2012 was Brain in the Game Podcast. This was an opportunity to share our philosophies; to share our beliefs around coaching; to give you an opportunity to download and listen to some of the key things that will help you perform smarter. Brain in the Game has been a massive success, bigger than we ever anticipated, with over 60 countries and thousands of people downloading our podcasts.

So what does 2013 have in store for us as an organisation and you?

2013 is set to be a really busy year. One of the things that we’ve set ourselves to do this year is give you more access to our face-to-face training programmes. So, in the course of 2013 not only are we going to travel around Australia, which is our home base, going to all major cities, we’re also going to go into New Zealand, to the US and the UK. So we’re going to take our Smart Coach | Smart Athlete and Smart Coach programmes to you. We’re also going to look at increasing our podcast range by increasing the amount of people we do interviews with. We know what we do works. We know that the programmes are having phenomenal results. So the next step is to get into the hearts and souls and the minds of people who are succeeding to find out what they’re doing, to behaviourally profile these people and work out what is it about their sport that they’ve got a handle on that maybe others haven’t got; look at the mental aspect and the behavioural aspect of why they’re successful.

So if you want to get involved in what we do, if you want to come along to our live training, listen to our podcasts or give us feedback, there’s a number of ways you can do that.

  1. You can go to our main coaching website which is www.davediggle.com
  2. Or you can go along to our training website, this is where you’ll find all the upcoming trainings – the Smart Coach | Smart Athlete and Smart Coach programme at www.smartmind.com.au
  3. Or you can download the podcasts and learn and apply these skills in your own sporting organisation, by going to www.braininthegame.com.au or you can go to iTunes and subscribe there.

So in 2013 we would love to see you in a training; to see you integrate the programmes into your training, into your competition preparation. We have a number of elite sports currently working the Smart Mind Institute way and getting phenomenal results. If you’re not doing the same, you’re missing out on a massive part of your preparation and your performance.