#11: Maximizing Mental Performance with Shannon Thompson

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On today’s show, I’m joined by mental performance consultant Shannon Thompson. After over 10 years as a professional horse rider, Shannon decided to study the science of peak performance and received her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She now works at the Hypo2 Sport Performance Center, where she helps elite athletes and student-athletes from Northern Arizona University maximize their mental performance.

Here’s some things we discussed:

  • How to create a mental performance plan
  • There’s an unconscious monitor in your brain that controls the level your are working at. So keep calm, and slide under the radar. Have strategies to keep your body calm when you are exerting a lot of energy
  • Focus on gratitude. The middle stage of workouts are tough because you are tired and still have a long way to go. Look around and find things that you are grateful for. Gratitude is a form of love, and helps distract while sending positive vibes.
  • How to perform at our worst and deal with negative thoughts and emotions
  • the Number 1 thing that holds people back from achieving peak performance

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