Performance Psychology: Managing Mind and Emotions

By Mark Schwab, Opportunities to Succeed

This article is the first of several to follow regarding the mental and emotional aspects of competing. Some call it Sport psychology. I call it Performance psychology or managing mind and emotions. Each article will progress. I feel it’s important to know what one is up against in competition and life.

Performance psych isn’t just picking up a few pointers or patching up vulnerable areas here and there. It’s a decision and commitment, a transformation of feelings towards competition, and competing in a whole new effective way. Pp is about strengthening your approach, effectiveness, and results from top to bottom. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, you can and will gain inches and ounces. Few reach their ultimate potential. This challenge and opportunity is yours to confront or avoid. Unless you challenge yourself, limitations, fears, and doubts, what you’ve achieved up till now, will be as good as it gets.

Everyone talks about how much competing is mental. Yet, from my experience, there’s feeble attention. Developing mentally and emotionally is part of an individual’s education, development, and excellence. One must prioritize and continue to cultivate to reap the benefits. Sadly, most ignore, take their chances, and for many, competition opportunities have elapsed. However, life goes on, and your mental and emotional climate will dictate nearly everything in your future.

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Oles unveil 2019-20 schedule

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Fifteenth-year head coach Sean Ahrar and the St. Olaf College wrestling team officially unveiled the team’s 2019-20 schedule on Friday with the team’s season opener less than a month away.

The schedule includes five duals and five tournaments, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a trip to the Yellow Jacket Open in Rochester, Minn. After that, the Oles will compete at the Auggie-Adidas Invitational three weeks later at Augsburg’s Si Melby Hall.

St. Olaf starts December at the MSOE Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. on Saturday, Dec. 7 before hosting Waldorf in its first dual of the season on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Skoglund Center.

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Jones and Magnuson Ranked in Top 15 in Preseason Rankings as MSUM Wrestling Opens Practice

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Two Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wrestlers — Cole Jones and Jordan Magnuson — are ranked in the top 15 in the nation in Division II in their respective weight classes according to preseason rankings released by The Open Mat. The Dragons officially opened practice for the 2019-20 season on Thursday.

Jones is ranked sixth in the nation at 125 pounds. He went 3-2 at the national championships a year ago and took seventh to become MSUM’s first All-American since 2017. Jones finished 29-10 last season and was an All-NSIC First Team selection.

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Mavericks Add Eight to Roster

Mankato, Minn. — Head coach Jim Makovsky has announced that eight student-athletes have joined the Maverick wrestling program.

This group is represented by seven incoming freshmen and one transfer.

“We welcome a large and talented class to our program, all seven incoming freshmen placed in the top-three of their respective State Tournaments during their senior year. These are the type of young men that you want to build a program around. We’re very excited to see what they can do,” assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ty Eustice said.

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