Basic beliefs and values
1. The interaction between thoughts, feelings, physiology, and behaviors are crucial for well-being and high performance.
2. Performers have a personality and identity that develops from values, motives, self-esteem and typical behaviors. Although the personality and identity are quite stable, the environment and relationships with people within this environment can help performers adapt to different situation.
3. Dedication and commitment are required to achieve high performance.
4. Adversity is a part of the path to find high performance. Performers need to learn to view adversities as learning experiences, develop strategies to embrace the difficult moments and cope with them.
5. Autonomy is paramount in working with performers. When high performers are allowed to think and take responsibility for their own development, they are more motivated and learn better.
6. Outcomes are an important part of high performance, however focusing on the process is the way to achieve the highest levels of performance.
7. The mental component plays a major role in the development of high performance, not only during competition or the moment when the client needs to perform but also during training/practice. In order to perform at your best, deliberate practice of your skill is required.
8. Mental skills should be developed in the performer’s environment. Mental skills training should be integrated into daily activities and coaches/mentors play an important role in mental development.
9. Every mental skill technique used in the process of achieving high performance is based on theory. I adopt a scientist-practitioner model in which my choice of intervention is based on academic research.
10. Techniques and tools used during the process are not only intended for high performance but more importantly, they can use as life-skills to have a better wellbeing.