Are you looking to take your sport to the next level? Do you want to overcome performance anxiety or stress? Resolve conflicts and become more consistent in your focus?
Sport psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor helps athletes, coaches and parents achieve their goals and fulfill their potential. Since 1998, Dr. Eddie has helped thousands of performers at all levels achieve excellence in their sport, health, personal and professional lives.
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Imagine a critical moment in the championship game. You are narrowly focused on what you need to do and confident in your ability to do it. That’s mental toughness and it’s essential for succeeding in sport and in life.
Without mental toughness, you may find your hours of practice aren’t showing up on game day. The pressure of competition can interfere with your ability to do your best. You may lose games you “should” have won and experience a drop in motivation.
Dr. Eddie helps athletes at all levels cultivate mental toughness and build skills like determination, confidence, focus and control under pressure.
For severe anxiety and/or distress, insurance may cover these services when a psychological diagnosis may be given. For athletes who are looking to gain a performance edge, mental training is an out-of-pocket service. Please call 616.840.8070 for more information.
Mental Toughness Workshops
Mental toughness is the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to be better and more consistent than your opponent in remaining:
• In control under pressure
Mental toughness allows you to perform to your potential. You can develop the skills necessary to play your best with the game on the line, and do so time and again.
Workshops are adapted to individual team’s needs and goals. Below is a list of Dr. Eddie’s most popular requests. Call 616.840.8070 for more information about how to bring Dr. Eddie in to speak to your team, school or organization.
Mental Toughness: The X-Factor in Sport, Business, and Life: Learn why commitment is better than motivation. Identity what you want your performance life to be about. Develop three powerful focusing techniques: the Circle of Control, WIN and the 4F technique to rebound after mistakes. Start a simple confidence-building habit and free yourself from expectations. Achieve control under pressure by learning how to fully engage the moment of performance.
Overcoming Barriers to Excellence: Discover why the most common performance challenges have to occur and what you can do to overcome them. You will discover the value of negative thinking and the benefit of fear. Perfectionism can cripple performers. Learn how to be the “perfect perfectionist,” using perfectionism to strive for excellence while avoiding burnout. Nothing may be more common than performance anxiety, Dr. Eddie teaches you how to get distance from it and focus on the task at hand. And finally, understand that achievement in any context requires perseverance and consistency.
Motivate for Excellence (for coaches): Learn to master communication skills that enhance the three psychological needs that must be met to increase motivation, and learn how to avoid what undermines them. Be ready for some common coaching practices to be challenged, as some rewards actually decrease motivation and some negative consequences increase it.
Raising Champions: A Parent’s Role in Their Child’s Success: Parents will leave with specific guidelines on the best communication skills and behaviors that increase their child’s ownership, motivation and success in sport – while also saving you both the stress and aggravation of pushing. Not only is your child’s performance enhanced, but so is your relationship.
For Christian Sport Organizations:
Sport and the Spirit: Three of the most challenging sport performance issues solved with both effective sport psychology solutions and the biblical verses that support their efficacy.
Christian Men in Sport: Authentic Manhood founder Robert Lewis says “a real man rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and expects God’s greater reward.” Dr. Eddie builds on these principles and applies each of these characteristics to sport training and performance.
The Coach’s Verse: In one verse, Ephesians 4:29 provides coaches with six qualities of communication that can guide their words and actions with athletes. Coaches will leave with both the psychological and biblical words that will increase their athletes’ motivation, commitment and performance.
Dr. Eddie is listed on the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry, meaning he’s approved by the USOC to work with Olympic athletes and teams. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.
As a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Fellow through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Member of the American Psychological Association and Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, Dr. Eddie has the training and experience necessary to help you consistently reach your potential.
On YouTube, check out Dr. Eddie’s free “Mental Toughness in 60 Seconds” for tips you can use immediately to improve your mental game. Subscribe and you won’t miss one #MTin60sec.
“Your principles helped us stay engaged and focused during contests; and we were also able to silence our own doubts and anxieties. In essence, we were able to stay out of our own way and achieve what we knew we could. Thank you for being such an excellent teacher. We look forward to working with you again.” – Lumumba Shabazz, Head Coach, Kalamazoo College Men’s Soccer
“The results were terrific! Our players found Dr. O’Connor’s instruction very practical and easy to apply. Moreover, our coaches learned lessons that allowed them to reinforce what Dr. O’Connor taught. Based on my experience working with Dr. O’Connor I strongly recommend you give serious consideration to hiring him.” – Scott Woodruff, general manager, Grand Rapids Rampage
“Overall, (the workshop was) very positive, good points of discussion. (If you are thinking of attending one of Dr. Eddie’s events) take the opportunity, (it) can really help change your view of your own thoughts. (I expect I will) improve my mental thoughts before racing as well as practice (which is) key.” – Lynsey Ardingo, GVSU, 5K/10K
“(The workshop) was great and I learned about an entirely different aspect of my sport. (I expect his information will) make me a more prepared and relaxed runner and competitor.” – Scotty McKeel, GVSU, 800-1500 meter runner
“A lot of good info for any athlete.” – Xavier Parnell, GVSU, 200/100 meters
“Amazing. More in-depth and personal than I had anticipated.” – Lainie David, high school high jump and 60/300m hurdles athlete
“The best workshop I ever went to.” – Chris Fry, sport parent
“Great content, great presenter and I got a ton out of it.” – Ellie DenBraber, high school volleyball athlete
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