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Mental Skills
Geoff Paull
The notion of mental skills suggest that we may not be able to just make our brain work at the highest level it is possible of, and so
we have to learn and practice 'skills' to access these highest capabilities of the brain.  The performance demands that Geoff Paull
helps performers with include:

P  Concentration in practice/rehearsal - learning the essential components of good performance
P  Using goals to guide practice/rehearsal - biasing the brain toward the most important aspects
P  Using goals as a performance-plan - setting realistic expectations for measuring ‘success’
P  Concentration throughout a game/performance - being distraction free and in the zone
P  Concentration when you are behind and might lose - recalling the game-plan and goals
P  Being relaxed before a competition/performance - being positive and ready for performance
P  Controlling nervousness in a game/performance - emotional regulation
P  Using imagery to prepare for performance - retrieving memory signals for the highest level of skill
P  Using imagery to improve your skills - consolidating in the brain the muscle and technique signals
P  Sharing how you are feeling during a game - being open and honest about your state of mind
P  Controlling aggression and foul play - managing arousal and ego distractions
P  Communication with fellow performers, team-mates & coaches - being on-song with others who support your ‘success’
P  Holding your confidence - using positive self-talk to maintain positive belief
P  Participating in team/group off-field activities - team-building and leadership
P  Mental preparation/rehearsal for performance - being distraction-free and focussed
P  Time management - being organised with plenty of opportunity to prepare
P  Having fun and recreation in a busy life - keeping life in balance

These skills are appropriate to all levels of performance, and if young performers learn these early in their careers they have a
much greater chance of achieving elite level later in life.  And these are useful in other areas of life such as academic performance
and career development, so they are lifeskills in a way.