So Colleen scoured google searching for something that would help and found The Elite Competitor. "I listened to an Elite Competitor webinar and felt like they were talking about my daughter." Colleen says, "I knew that was what we needed."
When Collen presented it to Amelia, she was all for it. She didn't resist because she wanted to meet the goals she set up for herself.
It wasn't until after they found out Amelia wasn't going to make the next team because of her performances the season before that one of the directors said she needed to work on her mental game. Except, he didn't have the tools to help her.
Amelia had big goals for herself in volleyball and wanted to take her skills to the next level. However, even though she put time and effort into her training and practice, her game-day performance wasn't improving.
She'd consistently excel in practice, get a starting spot, and then make mistakes that would put her on the bench, causing her confidence to crumble on the sidelines. But Amelia would regroup, go back to practice and do well again. Then the pattern would repeat.
The Elite Mental Game is unique in the sense that it builds the mental skills and strengths of the daughter as well as their mom.
Amelia worked through the modules from an athlete's point of view, learning strategies to help her perform under pressure, recover quickly from mistakes and let go of anxiousness, perfectionism and comparison.
Colleen participated in parent-focused coaching sessions, the Sports Moms Inner Circle, learning different frameworks for positively interacting with her daughter before, during and after games and so much more.
"Hearing about other moms' journeys with their daughters has been insightful, even with a different sport. It's still the same mental process going on."
Going through The Elite Mental Game gave Colleen and Amelia common ground to tackle Amelia's challenges, and celebrate her triumphs, together.
including pre and post-competitor routines, mistake snapback, goal setting, visualisation, and how to notice, then shift, unproductive thoughts.
After two seasons, Amelia appreciates the long-term results of applying what she learned in The Elite Mental Game.
She realizes it's less about being spectacular in a single match; instead, it's about continuously improving each performance. Which ultimately is what is taking her playing to the next level.
Confidence, positivity and the ability to bounce back after a mistake was the most significant differences Amelia noticed in her playing after starting to work through the EMG. "I was coming back from mistakes a lot quicker, instead of thinking about it and letting it affect the next three plays," Amelia says.
For example, they don't discuss the win when Amelia plays a tough team. Instead, they talk about how good it would feel to have great defensive plays. Those conversations have created a significant shift in the pre-game mindset. Amelia says, "It's definitely strengthened our relationship."
Transferable skills of EMG
"I feel like I have something to say that she'll listen to." Colleen explains, "I can't say how amazing this program has been."
Colleen can see what's going on when Amelia makes a mistake and knows what to say to support her
final words from colleen...