What separates the athletes who make it onto the podium from those who do not?

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness Training for Athletes

Our Approach

We believe that every athlete has the potential to show up as the best version of themselves daily in practice and competition. Our approach is centered around helping athletes to cultivate self-awareness, identify their values and goals, and create actionable steps towards achieving them. We are committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for athletes to explore their mindset and work towards their desired outcomes.

Our Workshops

We offer a range of coaching services, including Mental Toughness Workshops for Individual athletes and athletic teams, Parent Educational workshops, Coaches workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions. Our areas of expertise include not only giving athletes, parents and coaches the tools they need, but to also ensure they have the roadmap to execute.

What is Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness is an internal attribute that determines an athlete's ability to perform consistently under pressure, it is related to one's character, their resilience, grit and perseverance. When athletes define who they are and where they want to go, they set the stage for success. Learning and refining mental toughness skills prepares athletes to excel in practice, games/competition, or in contributing to team outcomes.




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How Will This Help Your Athlete(s)?

Outcomes from greater levels of Mental Toughness

Increased self-awareness

Improved concentration and focus control

Reduced performance anxiety

Increased resiliency when set backs occur

Improved motivation and goal focused behaviors

Improved awareness of and reframing of self-defeating thoughts

Better ability to deal with difficult emotions

Improved communication/ conflict resolution skills

Increased optimism and ability to build successful habits

Higher levels of confidence

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How to develop Mental Toughness

Following the stages of learning, athletes who are exposed to Mental Toughness principles and best practices will LEARN, spend time to practice and acquire SKILLS, and gain MASTERY after applying those skills in different environments. Mental Toughness is comprised of 4 key elements that athletes acquire through exercises and homework:

1. Challenge

2. Control

3. Commitment

4. Confidence

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Our beliefs and thoughts create our outcomes

As a sports parent, it can be very frustrating to see your athlete confidently execute in practice and then struggle to play or perform consistently when it counts.   Many parents ask, “How do I get them to change their thinking or stay more focused in practice?” or "How can I help them to get out of their head?" 

What beliefs and thoughts are guiding your athlete?

Do you hope that your athlete can figure out how to improve their mindset and motivation on their own?

Speaking to your athlete about their internal thoughts and emotions around their sport can be difficult for parents to tackle.

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What will help athletes to "move the needle"?

In our Individual Athlete Group workshops and Team workshops we cover key areas:

~Set effective goals to increase commitment and goal directed behaviors

~Identify self-doubts, faulty thinking patterns and reframe self-talk

~Use Visualization to increase concentration, emotional response and consistency

~Improve focus control and athlete's pre-event routine

~Boost self confidence and create resiliency strategies

~Improve breath control

~Deal with injuries and set backs

~Improve communication and conflict resolution skills

~Identify the ideal Activation zone to get control of game day nerves

~Learn reframing techniques to increase optimism to increase mental health outcomes

~Develop and solidify one's personal brand and what actions embody those chosen values

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Mindset: What gets in the way?

While working with athletes in a variety of sports, many have self-talk that often slows their progress:

"I can't make a mistake"

"I feel really stressed when I come up to the plate"

"What if I miss the shot?"

"I don't want to let my team down"

"If I can't do it perfectly, I will be a failure"

"It is so much pressure when everyone is watching me"

"Don't screw up"

"I really suck when it counts"

"I don't want to look stupid"

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What challenges do athletes face?

~"Choke" on competition/ test day or game day

~Lose focus in practice, competition or games

~Are unclear why they play or perform better on some days

~Get very nervous on competition/game day causing a disruption in their timing and muscle tightness

~Experience fleeting confidence and motivation levels

~Are not sure what to think in critical moments

~Have a hard time dealing with difficult emotions

~Do not plan ahead and prepare for things that could go wrong and how to deal with them

~Fail to stay committed to tough goals and find excuses or procrastinate in getting started

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1:1 Coaching

Just in time coaching for athletes that have urgent challenges to prepare for games or competitions or for those athletes that would like to take a deeper dive into Mental Toughness concepts to delve in and address unique mental barriers. Workbook resources included and coaching is done in person or over a video call.

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Group and Team Workshops

In group and team workshops, it is a powerful thing for athletes to hear what others say to themselves and to hear about the challenges that others face. Many times, we hear athletes say, "Wow, I thought I was the only one that thought that way. Now, I know that I am not alone!"

Group and team workshops set teams and athletes up for success by:

Improving teamwork and role clarity

Solidifying the values and behaviors that create a great culture

Conflict Resolution, clarify expectations and benefits of conflict

Improving communication

Accelerating team bonding and commitment

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I'm Shannon Peck

With over 15 years of experience in the fields of psychology and executive coaching, I bring a unique approach to acquiring Mindset techniques. I create a fun and positive atmosphere that combines evidence-based practices with an athlete-centered approach. I hold a Master's degree in Psychology and am a certified Sport Psychology Coach with experience coaching athletes, coaches, parents, and youth sport leaders in a variety of individual and team based sports. I was an accomplished competitive skater in my youth and have coached competitive skaters for over 25 years. I toured as a principal skater with Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, Sea World Rhythms on Ice, Holiday on Ice, and American Super Dream in Japan. It is my Mission to share evidence based techniques from the areas of Sport Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Positive Psychology that improve Mental Health outcomes and prepare athletes to build their Mental Toughness muscles and face challenges with resiliency, grit and perseverance.

"Champions are not made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali

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We will discover what your athlete or team's strengths and challenges currently are and determine best options and solutions.


You can learn more about our Group or Team Workshops, as well as our 1:1 coaching. We strive to ensure that what athletes learn is applied. We first teach Mental Toughness best practices, create a roadmap to build successful habits and then do monthly check ins to ensure the acquisition of Mental Toughness skills.


We partner with athletic coaches and offer a Parent Informational class with each group workshop to ensure that your athlete(s) are fully supported.

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